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History of the Regional Heritage Transport Association - Junee Inc.
 
Following the closure of the Junee Roundhouse in 1993, a small group of Junee residents interested in tourism, looked at the possibility of starting a museum at the Roundhouse.

I spoke with the then NSW Minister for Transport, Mr Bruce Baird, and our then Local Member, Mr Joe Schipp, whom were both instrumental in helping us obtain rolling stock, and the Roundhouse building. Mr Ian Gray, Junee 2003 Officer, and myself went to Sydney a number of times to meet with NSWGR Ministers and to look at rolling stock that was listed for auction. This was all done under the umbrella of Junee 2003 and soon became too large for that organisation.

A local public meeting was called in December 1993 to gauge the town's feeling of opening the Roundhouse as a museum and Mr Stuart Sharp from Rail Heritage, Sydney, was invited to address the gathering.

Over 120 people attended that meeting and the name, Regional Heritage Transport Association - Junee Incorporated, and committee was formed, with myself as the Chairman.

The museum opened to the public in April 1994 and a private rail operator, Austrac, was formed and came to the Roundhouse in November 1994.

Gail Commens, Founder & Chairman 1993-1998.