March 2018 marks15 years since the Lithgow locomotive maintenance depot closed, seeing a local workforce in Lithgow lose their jobs.
Jason McIntyre, one of the former workers at the depot, is organising a reunion for the former staff on Saturday, March 24, at the Lithgow Hotel from 3pm until late.
It was a sad day on Lithgow’s industrial landscape on March 31, 2003, when the locomotive maintenance depot ceased operations after decades of faithful service to the NSW transport system.
“We got privatised. We were Freight Corp until 2002 and then we become Pacific National and 12 months later they closed the depot,” Mr McIntyre said.
Around 150 staff were let go.
“Yeah, there is still quite a few [former workers] living in town, and a lot coming out of town for the reunion,” Mr McIntyre said.
Maintenance on locomotives now takes place on a much smaller scale at the Lithgow Railway Workshop at the State Mine.
Persons interested in attending the reunion should contact Jason McIntyre on 0408 675 237.