Canberra Railway Museum, Canberra

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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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  • April 24, 2017
    Very interesting place to visit. The volunteers were knowledgeable and exciting to listen too. Spent a good couple of hours here.  more »
  • December 28, 2016
    It is a museum located near Canberra station. Volunteers is a small museum, but was very friendly. We have steam locomotives were commissioning, but with permission to shoot. Experience also made over the weekend.
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  • October 3, 2016
    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...  more »
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  • Had a great time exploring the museum. Plenty of carriages and trains to walk through. The volunteers were extremely helpful and informative. I hope the museum re-opens (and stays open) soon.
  • Great place to bring small children. The trains are great and the people working there obviously love their trains and will take the extra time to talk to you about them. Great family place for a picnic.
  • GREAT PLACE TO GO TO SEE AND HEAR ABOUT THE BEAUTIFUL OLD STEAM TRAINS
  • 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
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