OCTOBER: Inaugural meeting of the Society held. Site procured cnr. Spring & Main Streets Sheffield
NOVEMBER: Old Sheffield railway station moved to the site. Site officially opened
DECEMBER: Laying of the track began. Restoration of the Sheffield Railway Station began.
FEBRUARY: First rolling stock moved to the site
MARCH: first SteamFest held. First running weekend 30 March -1st April
SEPTEMBER: Given an 115 year old house to put on the site.
NOVEMBER: All capital construction stops. Lengthy legal manoeuvres begin.
FEBRUARY: Planning Approval for the first stage of planned development obtained…allowed to build only 1km of track. (read the book!)
The Society completed 8 x 15m extensions (cost $14,000) on both sides of our locomotive shed to create a workshop and museum.
Caretakers Cottage completed. Refurbishment of the station to include a café begins.
Station Coffee Shop refurbishment completed.
Totally new website developed by Judy MacKenzie to support the work of the Society
Completion of the mural relocation on the side of the locomotive shed
Funding granted for Men’s Shed construction.
Construction of the first stage of the shed/Museum complex thanks to Tasmanian Govt. funding
Construction of the Kentish Community Men’s Shed
Completion of the 18m x 36m shed before the start of SteamFest;
Our first Steam Training Weekend – preparing the next generation of steam enthusiasts for hands-on.
Developing training packages to provide competency training on the locomotive and on traction engines.
30 participants at our Steam Training weekend in October, several of whom obtained their high risk licences.
Youth and Family Focus team lined Nook Building & store shed and constructed more post & rail fence in the lead up to SteamFest.
The Men’s Shed and the Society have worked together to get plans approved for the Men’s Shed extensions
Verandahs installed on the Caretaker’s Cottage.
Train running & traction engines and the roller into town during MuralFest added to the event.
Jeanette Fisher and the ladies kept the coffee flowing during the year at all of the running days
Plans prepared for the new toilet block.
A planning application for a caravan park development on our site.
Council’s support of the proposal demonstrated by their intention to adhere the two blocks onto the main title.
The Society now has a 30 year lease over the site and the Council has extended the lease area to include the softball grounds.
Held a very successful Kids Great Day Out on the November long weekend, adding to our growing list of special events throughout the year.
Youth and Family Focus team again a great help to the Society – strip footing around the big shed and great progress on the model railway club room.
The addition of ventilators to the big shed and the loco shed and the roller door to the station end along with lights
The Living Murals gardening group took on Redwater Creek Railway as part of their project to beautify Sheffield.
Planning Approval from Kentish Council for the new toilet block. Engineering plans in the making.
Council adhered the 2 adjoining blocks they bought for the Society to our main block.
A Foundations for Regional Renewal Grant allowed work to begin to upgrade the station kitchen to commercial standard. It was ready to use in time for the 2014 SteamFest, much to Barb and Jeanette’s delight.
Won the Cradle Coast Regional Tourism Award (Festivals) and went on to win a Silver Award in the Tasmanian Regional Tourism Awards.
Purchase of Marshall Instructional Engine thanks to Ian and Renee Larcher’s initiative.
Acquisition of 2 Malcolm Moore Diesel locos which when going, will provide alternative to our Krauss.
With $99K grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund, the Amenities Block commenced construction.
$130,000 Amenities block completed. Volunteers finished painting and garden in time for SteamFest!.
Prospect of a joint venture with track extension to the Honey Shed
Winning judge’s commendation for best event in the Cradle Coast Tourism Awards.
Ruston Diesel donated by Don Railway and work begun to bring it back to service.
Purchase of the Skagit – the last surviving 55t log loading crane in Australia
Work for the Dole team led by Lizard and Graham – this is how we can fulfil all the plans we have for the site.
The 1910 Salisbury steam roller (the only Tasmanian built steam roller) was completed in March with many thanks to Peter Martin and Eric Howe.
The Salisbury took part at the National Rally at Quercus Park, and to celebrate 150 years of traction engines in TAS. in the Road Run to Sheffeld and at Bellerive.
Our 21st SteamFest broke all records, thanks in great part to the influx of engines and people into the state for the rally and the media interest created by the road run.
Publicity this year has been the best the steam movement has seen in Tasmania for many years.
- 3 write ups in English machinery magazines have put Tasmania on the map.
- The Chinese game show “Explore End of the World” filmed at our site in February and aired to a huge number of Chinese
- SteamFest with Dick Smith at the helm received huge publicity which coupled with the road run publicity prior to that led to our most successful SteamFes
Site renamed Sheffield Steam and Heritage Centre to better reflect our goals.
Peter Martin won the inaugural Premier’s Tasmanian Volunteer of the Year Award in Hobart
Full year of funding Work for the Dole 3 days a week enables much to be done on site.
A number of WFD have become volunteers: Rebecca in the coffee shop, Damian Sturmey as guard and trainee fireman, Allan as trainee fireman and Mathew Brook on maintenance deserve special mention for their voluntary contributions.
Graham Shoesmith is now certified to drive the Krauss, giving us another much needed steam locomotive driver.
This new website went live in November.
Our brand new Miniature Railway was up and running – albeit with a few teething problems – just in time for SteamFest. Thanks to Graham Shoesmith for his vision & the work he and volunteers have done to get this established.
24 x 18m container shed completed. Police station/site office underway but will be completed by end of year.
Mens Shed extension and Blacksmith shop underway completed by end of 2018.