Blast from the past: historic Orange Railway Station sign finds new home

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Orange Society of Model Engineers members Eric Hicks, Greg Bird, Ewan Greer and Phil Pedley prepare to install the historic sign on Saturday. Photo: JANICE HARRISAN HISTORIC sign from Orange Railway Station has taken on a new life after being restored by the Society of Model Engineers to its original condition.

The sign was unveiled on Saturday at Matthews Park, giving a fascinating insight into how the Orange Railway Station was a transport hub until the 1970s when services were cut, and lines subsequently closed.

Orange Society of Model Engineers member Phil Pedley said thethe sign was rescued from the scrapheap by members of the group and installed in Matthews Park to add to the model train ride experience for children and adults.

“The sign really needed to have some work done on it,” said society member Ewan Greer.

“When we did some research we found that the towns which had been listed on the original signage, because Orange was an interchange, had been taken down each time a service was cut.”

Mr Greer said the restored sign was reminiscent of the important place rail travel held in Australian history and in this district.

“At around the time the sign was erected at Orange Railway Station there would have been four mail trains a day going through Orange, there was the Central West Express, the Silver City Comet and the service to Lithgow,” he said.

“Orange Railway Station was a busy place.”

The font and the lettering was replicated by Orange business McSigns using old photographs.

Orange Society of Model Engineers offers miniature train rides to children and adults at the track in Matthews Park, on the corner of Anson and Moulder Streets, at 1pm on the second Saturday of every month.

Cost is $1 per ride, with all funds going back into the maintenance of the trains, track and boarding area.

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