Grand plans to restore Eskbank station to former glory | Photos

EYESORE: Ron McNair and Michael Wilson of Lithgow State Mine Railway and COC Limited in front of the currently delapidated Eskbank station. Picture: HOSEA LUY

EYESORE: Ron McNair and Michael Wilson of Lithgow State Mine Railway and COC Limited in front of the currently delapidated Eskbank station. Picture: HOSEA LUY

The owners of Eskbank station have a vision to make the building the tourism epicentre for the State Mine Railway and Lithgow.

However the station is suffering from 40 years of neglect and has a long way to go before it can be restored back to how it was in 1910.

"The whole problem is it's just really falling down around our ears to be honest," chairman of Lithgow State Mine Railway and COC Limited, Michael Wilson said.

Eskbank station back in its heyday. Picture: SUPPLIED

Eskbank station back in its heyday. Picture: SUPPLIED

"Eskbank station, built in 1882 as Lithgow's third station building, deserves so much more than to be left to the elements to be reduced to rubble."

With the sheer magnitude of work that needs to be done, figures of over $1 million have been quoted to bring Eskbank back to to its former glory.

Government funding can be obtained through Transport Heritage NSW but first a Custody Management Agreement (CMA) must be put in place.

Unfortunately despite repeated requests to Transport Heritage NSW to establish a CMA there has been no progress.

"This one is a bit of an urgency because of the sheer volume of the work that needs to be done and it is, lets face it, it's the front door to our CBD and it's the front door to the whole rail heritage precinct," Mr Wilson said.

"As it stands we just can't use it."

Not only is the building rundown, it has also become too dangerous to use.

The station was previously used for meetings but the meeting room ceiling collapsed around five years ago.

Mr Wilson said he hopes to restore the functionality of the station introducing a museum, ticket office and potentially even a cafe.

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