Museum exhibits

Canberra Railway Museum contains a variety of exhibits and includes the yard housing most of the Society’s rolling stock – locomotives, rail motors, passenger cars, freight cars and track-maintenance vehicles.

Both vintage and modern stainless steel rolling stock is on display, and visitors are able to walk through the yard to see the rolling stock either stabled in the yard or in the Society’s workshop.

Guided tours, which explain the history behind some of the exhibits, are available.

The Museum is located at Geijera Place (at the end of Cunningham Street) in Kingston, not far from Canberra Railway Station.

It is open 1pm to 4pm on Sundays and public holidays. On the last Sunday of the month, when rail motor rides are also available from the Museum platform, the opening hours are 11am to 4pm.

For information about group tours or weekday school visits, please contact our Museum Coordinator, Paul White, on 6295 7909 or (if unanswered) 6284 2790.

To talk to Museum staff during the above opening times, phone 6239 6707.

To enquire about using the Museum as a venue for a function or party, please contact the Museum Coordinator. Barbecue facilities are also available at no charge.

Museum exhibits

Steam locomotives are on display and include the diminutive 1210 (built in 1878 and restored to working order in 1988), which hauled the first train into Canberra in 1914, and the giant 265 tonne Beyer-Garratt steam locomotive 6029.

The beautifully-restored tender locomotive 3016, which started life as a tank engine hauling Sydney suburban trains prior to electrification, is usually at the Museum but is currently being rebuilt.

In 1930, its side tanks and bunker were removed and it was given a separate tender before being sent to work on country branch lines until retirement at Griffith in 1972, after steaming 3,253,120 kilometres.

End platform passenger cars

You can experience the rudimentary comfort of a ‘dog box’ carriage, and American-style end-platform carriages, which ran in Sydney before the “red rattlers” (electric trains) took over.

Appreciate the craftsmanship of the carriage builders, with the ornate polished timber and metal ceilings of the vintage cars.

Memorabilia and photographs of the railways of the Canberra and Monaro districts are also part of the Museum’s displays.

Four diesel locomotives and two vintage ‘Tin Hare’ rail motors are also part of a collection of 8 locomotives and around 40 passenger cars housed at the Museum.

On the last Sunday of the month, a CPH rail motor (also known as a ‘Tin Hare’) provides rides for visitors, departing from the Museum platform and travelling to Fyshwick.

As you browse among the exhibits, you are most likely to come across a number of Society members undertaking voluntary restoration work on various items of rolling stock – if you are interested in this work, please consider becoming a member (see link at foot of page).

Group tours, functions, meetings

The Museum’s barbecue facilities and vintage carriages which stand at our own station platform are ideal for parties for all ages, and for meetings.

Our trains have on-board catering facilities suitable for cocktail parties and conventions.

Arrangements can be made for the Museum to be opened during weekdays for school visits. Conducted tours are provided by experienced guides.

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