Pay Bus mystery showcased at The Workshops Rail Museum

03 September 2010

Railbus_229The Workshops Rail Museum will host Cash on Track, an exhibition uncovering a unique side to New South Wales’ rail history, on now until 10 October 2010.

The Cash on Track exhibition, on loan from the Office of Rail Heritage, RailCorp in Sydney, charts the history of the railway Pay Buses from 1937 which operated across the New South Wales until the mid 1980s, moving cash along rail lines to pay employees at stations and maintenance gangs working on the tracks.

The centrepiece of the exhibition is the very first, and only surviving rail bus - FP1, which has been beautifully restored to its original condition by a team of 16 RailCorp apprentices.

The exhibition features the story of a dangerous robbery in 1941, where the Pay Bus was thrown from the tracks by a powerful explosion and subsequently robbed by two unidentified men who escaped with a large sum of cash.

Director of The Workshops Rail Museum, Mr Andrew Moritz said the robbery featured in the exhibition was a fitting way to expand on the themes explored in The Great Train Robbery school holiday program, on 11 September to 10 October.

“The Cloncurry to Duchess train robbery which features in our program and the New South Wales Pay Bus robbery are both real events and provide an insight into an often forgotten side of rail,” Mr Moritz said.

“The Cash on Track exhibition also provides a great opportunity to explore part of New South Wales rail heritage and another element to Australia’s rail story."

The Cash on Track exhibition was developed by The Office of Rail Heritage, RailCorp and the Australian Railway Historical Society, NSW Division.

The Workshops Rail Museum is part of the Queensland Museum and is winner of Australian and Queensland Tourism Awards for Heritage and Cultural Tourism.

For further information and ticket prices, visit www.theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au or phone the The Workshops Rail Museum on (07) 3432 5100.

Media Contact: Glenn Price | Ph: 3432 5100 or 0407 128 995