Opening of restored substation at Sutherland delayed

The opening to the public of a new museum building that houses heritage rail and tramway items has been delayed.

Sydney Trains spent $2 million restoring the former electrical substation at Sutherland, and handed it over in December last year for inclusion in the Sydney Tramway Museum at Loftus.

Chairman of the tramway museum Howard Clark said there were “still a couple of minor things Sydney Trains has to sort out with council” before the building opened to the public.

Mr Clark said, once that happened, the building would be opened “periodically”.

Among items to be on permanent display are a recently decommissioned wooden escalator from Town Hall station.

Mr Clark said Sydney Tramway Museum had been looking for a suitable space since it lost its storage shed to fire in 2015. 

“We have a number of historical items in our possession and needed a space that was safe and secure and the substation provides that element for us,” Mr Clark said. 

“The substation is perfect for our expanding requirements as it is just up the road from our current base and is on the tram line.” 

The building, which is accessed from Rawson Avenue (Old Princes Highway) just south of the rail overpass, was built for the electrification of the rail network in the 1920s.

It was derelict for several years after being replaced by a new outdoor substation.

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