We've known for a long time that William Sixsmith drove the first train in New South Wales but we didn't know that much about him other than his important role during the construction, testing and operation of the first line from Sydney to Parramatta in 1855.
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From the imposing Boulton and Watt steam engine to a delicate snuff box, all objects in the Museum’s collection are allocated a significance category. All objects in the Powerhouse Museum’s collection are cared for in ways that are designed to ensure they are preserved in optimum conditions for future generations.
Under the supervision of the Museum’s Engineering conservator, Ross Goodman, and a dedicated group of volunteers, Steam Locomotive 3265 has been extensively rebuilt and once again will be fully operational and carrying passengers.
My specialty area is the transport collection – I’ve researched everything from a steam car to a tram hearse, luxurious railway carriages to a shearer’s bicycle.