Canberra Railway Museum, Canberra

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
3/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
Canberra Railway Museum is run by the ACT division of the Australian Railway Historical Society (ARHS). The museum houses displays of historic locomotives, passenger cars, freight vehicles, track machinery and railway memorabilia. The museum precinct also serves as a base for the society's rail operations. The Society preserves railway history, particularly that of Canberra and the southern districts of New South Wales, for the enjoyment and enlightenment of present and future generations. Members work toward this goal by: collecting and restoring locomotives, other rolling-stock and items of railway memorabilia; preserving and recording railway history; and operating trains with restored rolling-stock.The Canberra Railway Museum is the home to Australia's oldest operating steam locomotive, and one of the world's oldest 'mainline' steam locomotives built in 1878, and also the heaviest, the 265 tonnes Beyer-Garratt steam locomotive.Trips and ToursThe ARHS ACT division runs frequent tours year-round including trips on the Bungendore branch and many themed train such as a Santa's Train, a Tulip time express and school holiday rail discovery events.Museum exhibitsSociety is a working railway, exhibits on display usually includes:Diesels4807, diesel-electric, 1050 hp Co-Co engine, built 1959, was one of 165 units which made up the NSW Railways 48 class which began service late in 1959, replacing steam locomotives, particularly on country branch lines.D25, diesel-electric, 400 hp Bo-Bo, built 1958, formerly owned by Australian Iron and Steel, is the yard shunter at the Society's Canberra Railway Museum and workshop at Kingston.
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  • Enjoyed the knowledge and enthusiasm of the volunteer staff who took us so personally on a tour of the heritage stock in their collection. Without which we would not have so fully appreciated the hist...  read more »
  • Like many similar museums this place is run by a small team of railway enthusiasts. It is not the easiest place to get to but well worth a visit. It costs only $5 to get in. The main exhibits are rail...  read more »
  • A small museum punching above its weight. Volunteers are restoring many interesting old carriages and engines. Not a great deal to see, but what there is is a pleasant trip down memory lane for us old...  read more »
  • Thank you to all the Volunteers and Canberra Railway Museum for the fabulous time we had at our visit on Canberra Day 2016, with the theme of 103. All the members were friendly and helpful, delicious morning tea in old carriages. Our Grandchildren had a great time with rides on large and mini trains, not to mention lucky dips, and showbags. Looking at the trains being restored was very inspiring, Grandchildred were amazed at the old sleeping cars and drop down basins. We even had a dance in the dance car. 5 Stars Lilian & Bob Lemon
  • I made the mistake of walking into the Canberra Railway Museum thinking that it was the same venue as the miniature railway which was to the left of the museum. I paid entry fee and a ticket to ride the model trains for my husband, my two year old daughter and myself at the price of $30. Once we walked in we quickly realized were in the wrong place and turned around to the same man who sold us the ticked and politely told him we made a mistake and asked for the money back. He was so rude, laughing at us and saying and i quote 'If I gave everyone who walked in here thinking it was the miniature railway a refund I wouldn't have any money!". I even tried to sweeten the deal by asking for half the money back but again he laughed and refused. Canberra Railway Museum you should be ashamed! You robbed me!
  • Could do with some updates. Good old school carts.
  • not big but a historical museum
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