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by Todd Newton (subscribe)
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Published February 1st 2014
Follow the tracks into a exhibit of locomotive history
It's rare to find many remnants of the railway's past in Sydney but they're not all gone! Head over to the Australian Technology Park and see a few of the old locomotives that are still on display there.

Eveleigh
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Go for a walk between the railway line and the National Innovation Centre at Eveleigh and you will see the old tracks that head into the old Eveleigh workshops (now renovated into a business and technology centre in Sydney with many offices and businesses inside).

For a map, click here.

Some of the old ceiling beams from the workshops also still remain in the National Innovation Centre.

The Eveleigh Railway Workshops opened in 1878. Locomotive trains were overhauled, repaired, modified and built in the locomotive workshops.

Carriage Workshops were first designed for carriages and wagons to be repaired and maintained. But later on, new carriages were designed and built here.

Eveleigh
A carriage from the old 3801 train.


By 1973, there was a sharp decline in the number of repairs and manufacturing because facilities were aging and a number of restrictive practices by unions were hindering the freedoms of other workers.

In 1988, the locomotive workshop closed and the main rail workshops moved to Enfield. In 1996, the workshops were transformed into the Australian Technology Park.

Eveleigh
A steam locomotive in Innovation Plaza


Curators of the Smithsonian Institution even consider these workshops to have world heritage signifiance.

And you can eat lunch right in the middle of it whether it be outside in the Innovation Plaza as you gaze over at the old locomotives. Or you can eat inside the old workshops at any of its cafes.

The burgers and chips are very good at Funky Chino which is located on the ground level of the National Innovation Centre.

Australian Technology Park
Inside Bay 8 of the old Locomotive Workshops with the Bytes Cafe in the distance (Wikimedia Commons- Author: David Marsh).


Or try some very tasty Italian Club sandwiches at the Bytes Cafe in Bays 8 & 16 of the old workshops. The Beef Lasagne here also has a very toothsome flavour.

So pop in and have a look around. See what was once a prime locomotive hub of Sydney.
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Why? Come and see the old locomotive hub of Sydney.
Phone: (02) 9209 4220
Where: Australian Technology Park
Cost: Free unless you eat at one of the cafes.
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