Canberra Railway Museum

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Canberra Railway Museum
Established 1967
Dissolved 2016

Geijera Pl Kingston ACT 2604

Coordinates 35°19′02″S 149°09′15″E / 35.317294°S 149.154058°E / -35.317294; 149.154058
Type Railway museum
Nearest car park On site
Website "Official Site". Archived from the original on 6 November 2016. 
ex-NSWGR 3016 pulls Heritage shuttle

Canberra Railway Museum was run by the ACT division of the Australian Railway Historical Society (ARHS).[1] The museum housed displays of historic locomotives, passenger cars, freight vehicles, track machinery and railway memorabilia. The museum precinct also served as a base for the society's rail operations. The Society preserved 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 worked 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 was 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.

As of November 2016, the museum has closed and ARHS ACT Division placed into liquidation.[2]

In July 2017 It was announced that "The museum's historic collection will go to auction on August 2."[3]. A last-ditch bid by Capital Holdings to secure the collection for a new transport museum at the site failed, and the auction went ahead despite protests from several heritage conservationists. The bid was later found to be without sufficent financial backing and lacked support from the former ARHS ACT membership.

Trips and tours[edit]

The ARHS ACT division ran frequent tours year-round, including trips on the Bungendore branch and many themed trains such as a Santa's Train, a Tulip time express and school holiday rail discovery events.

Former Museum Exhibits[edit]

Steam locomotives
No. Description Manufacturer Year Location Status Ref
1210 4-4-0 passenger Beyer, Peacock and Company 1878 Canberra Stored [4]
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 Static Exhibit
3013 4-6-4T passenger Beyer, Peacock and Company 1903 Canberra Stored, Privately Owned 3013 Blog Page
3016 4-6-0 mixed traffic Beyer, Peacock and Company 1903 Thirlmere Operational, NSW Rail Museum 3016 Blog Page
3102 4-6-0 mixed traffic Beyer, Peacock and Company 1912 Canberra Stored, Privately Owned 3102 Blog Page
6029 4-8-4+4-8-4 goods Beyer, Peacock and Company 1953 Thirlmere Operational, Privately Owned Project 6029 Blog
530 0-6-0ST Vulcan Foundry 1877 Yass Railway Station Museum Static Exhibit


CPH 37 at the museum

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. It is part of the Transport Heritage NSW collection and in the custody of the NSW Rail Museum, Thirlmere.

D25, diesel-electric, 400 hp Bo-Bo, built 1958, formerly owned by Australian Iron and Steel, was the yard shunter at the Canberra Railway Museum. Now privately owned.

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

Three CPH railmotor units (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. Most have now been sold to other heritage operators and private collectors.


External links[edit]


  1. ^ "ACT ARHS". Canberra Railway Museum. Retrieved 2010-11-06. 
  2. ^ "Railway Museum runs out of steam - Canberra CityNews". Canberra CityNews. 2016-11-17. Retrieved 2016-11-18. 
  3. ^ Walmsley, Hannah (13 July 2017). "Railway museum forced to sell historic train carriages". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 24 July 2017. 
  4. ^ "Rolling stock register" (PDF). Australian rail track corporation. 2011. Retrieved 2015-12-06. 

Coordinates: 35°19′03″S 149°09′17″E / 35.3176°S 149.1546°E / -35.3176; 149.1546