Cooma Railway Station

Cooma, NSW

About the property

Cooma Railway Station is considered to be the most intact railway precinct in NSW illustrating 100 years of rail transport from 1888 to 1988. Our company provided a conservation management plan for all buildings and infrastructure. Following the report, major conservation works were carried out by the State Rail Authority of NSW to ensure that the station would survive for another century.


History & Tradition

Opened on 31 May 1889, the Cooma Railway Station is of state significance for its role in the development of Cooma, the Monaro and the Snowy Scheme and for its provision of services for freight and passengers for over a century. It was built under the support of Engineer-in-Chief John Whitton whose name is synonymous with the expansion of railways throughout New South Wales. The station building displays his design skills and the inclusion of some refined architectural elements results in this building being more impressive than others of its size. The station closed was closed on 26-Mar-1986, and has now become the most intact railway precinct in NSW demonstrating a century of railway development. The station building has been restored and is the base for the Cooma-Monaro Railway


The station building is a standard roadside design, symmetrically planned with awning supported on cast iron posts and decorative brackets. The brick building comprises of seven main rooms, toilet skillion, entrance vestibule with verandahs and platform with awning. The roof is gabled and clad with painted corrugated iron and features a central transverse gable. The gables display fretwork and finials and rendered walls have masonry detailing. The building, erected in 1888, has undergone a series of modifications but still displays its Railway Gothic architectural style with many original elements and decorative features in situ. Major modifications were undertaken during the 1920s and the 1960s, the latter owing to increased activity during construction of the Snowy Scheme.