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The Centrepiece of the layout gallery is the HO scale Layout of the Great Western Line that depicts the railway during the 1950s to 60s. The layout was commissioned by Paul Hennessy and donated to Bathurst Regional Council in 2015 by the Hennessy family. It was designed by master modeller John Brown.
Also on display, are a range of objects that relate to life on the rail. They include tools, staff instruments and signals, a weigh bridge, signs, lamps used on the rail, examples of cutlery and crockery used in the dining cars and refreshment rooms, personal effects of the railway worker as well as objects relating to the Railway Institute building itself.