March 4 marked the 150th anniversary of the opening of the “first” railway station at Raglan, 8kms from Bathurst.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole visited the station with locals to mark the milestone. Whilst he was there, Mr Toole was delighted to share the news that Bathurst Heritage Matters in partnership with Raglan Station Restoration Committee were successful in receiving funding for interpretative signage and station identification signage at Raglan.
“Our heritage is important, and rail was one of the founding industries of our region so it is important to reflect and honour that history,” Mr Toole said.
“The new signage will help to tell the story of Raglan Station so that visitors and locals can feel more connected to this significant structure.”
Member of Bathurst Heritage Matters and Raglan Station Restoration Committee Sandy Bathgate said the committee and residents of Raglan are pleased to celebrate an important milestone for this State heritage listed gem.
“We encourage everyone to visit the site firsthand to see one of the first railway stations in the area,” Mr Bathgate said.
“Originally, Raglan was the end of the line before it was extended into Bathurst and Beyond.
“I have heard stories of children catching the train to school and how beautiful the station was in its prime with a hydrangea garden out the front.”
An information brochure on the station’s history can be found at the Bathurst Rail Museum and the Bathurst Visitors Centre.