Canberra Railway Museum

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Canberra Railway Museum
File:Canberra Railway Museum Logo.png
Established 1967

Geijera Pl Kingston ACT 2604

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Type Railway museum
Nearest car park On site
Website Official Site
File:ARHS ACT Locomotive 3016 c.jpg
ex-NSWGR 3016 pulls Heritage shuttle

Canberra Railway Museum is run by the ACT division of the Australian Railway Historical Society (ARHS).[1] 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 Tours

The 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 exhibits

Society is a working railway, exhibits on display usually includes:

Steam locomotives
No. Description Manufacturer Year Location Status Ref
1210 4-4-0 passenger Beyer, Peacock and Company 1878 Canberra [2]
1307 4-4-2T passenger Beyer, Peacock and Company 1902 Yass Railway Station Museum static exhibit NSW Locomotive, Steam 1307
2413 2-6-0 goods Dübs and Company 1891 Junee Locomotive Depot stored
3013 4-6-4T passenger Beyer, Peacock and Company 1903 Canberra stored 3013 Blog Page
3016 4-6-0 mixed traffic Beyer, Peacock and Company 1903 Canberra operational 3016 Blog Page
3102 4-6-0 mixed traffic Beyer, Peacock and Company 1912 Canberra stored 3102 Blog Page
6029 4-8-4+4-8-4 goods Beyer, Peacock and Company 1953 Canberra operational Project 6029 Blog
530 0-6-0ST Vulcan Foundry 1877 Yass static exhibit
3112 4-6-4T passenger Beyer, Peacock and Company 1914 Canberra privately owned located in adjacent siding


4807, 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.

X 203, diesel, 260 hp Bo, built 1964, former NSWGR light engine now part of the Yass Railway Museum exhibits.

The Society also has three CPH railmotor units at Canberra Railway Museum (CPH 13, CPH 27 and CPH 37), and one other (CPH 2) on loan to another organisation. CPH 13 is destined to be transferred to the Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway.


Carriages include end platform cars, sleeping cars and special purpose passenger vehicles.


External links


  1. "ACT ARHS". Canberra Railway Museum. Retrieved 2010-11-06. 
  2. "Rolling stock register" (PDF). Australian rail track corporation. 2011. Retrieved The 6th of December 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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