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National Railway Museum

National Railway

Step back in Time

Step back in time and take a journey into railway history at the National Railway Museum, Australia's largest railway museum with over 100 exhibits representing State, Commonwealth and private railway operators on the three major rail gauges used in Australia!

Climb into the cabs of giant steam engines, or stroll through elegant carriages. Enjoy a free train ride and interactive and educational displays on offer. The National Railway Museum is a fun and affordable Family adventure.

Things to do

Book and Souvenir Shop

The railway museum's Break of Gauge Railway Shop stocks an extensive range of railway books, magazines and publications for young and old along with a large number railway DVD's. The shop also stocks a variety of gifts, souvenirs and toys, including most of the 'Thomas the Tank Engine' range.

Model Railway

Completely constructed at the railway museum by skilled model railway enthusiasts, this display highlights the extensive variety of scenery and terrain through which the railways of this State have operated. A wide variety of engines and carriages are also operated. A sea port, the open plains, country towns, the Adelaide Hills and suburbia are depicted.

Train Rides

There are primarily three separate train rides available at the railway museum. 1. 457mm gauge small train- runs every day and hauled by either a steam engine or diesel loco. This takes visitors around the entire site- (a 600m trip)and this ride is included in the admission. 2. 1067mm gauge full size steam train Peronne. This particular tain runs on special event days throughout the year, taking visitors for a 1km return journey. 3. 1600mm gauge full size trains- either Redhen or Bluebird railcars. These particular trains operate on special event days throughout the year and take visitors for a 2km return journey.

Unique Carriages

Enjoy the elegant carriages on display spanning more than 120 years old. Just a few of these include the Vice Regal car for Royalty and the Governor, The Adelaide dining car built in USA in 1928, The Cafeteria car from the East- West Express, a 1932 built timber dining carriage from the Trans-Australian and special carriages off the famous Tea & Sugar Train- which crossed the Nullarbor weekly for decades.

Variety of Locomotive Builders and Rail Gauges

National Railway Museum has the largest variety of different locomotive builders and railway gauges on display anywhere in Australia. The three main rail gauges are 1600mm (broad) gauge, 1435mm (standard) gauge and 1067mm (narrow) gauge, with exhibits built in Qld, NSW, VIC, SA, and all over the world.

Ticket Information

Pass Option

Ticket Type


National Railway Museum

National Railway Museum Concession


National Railway Museum Adult


National Railway Museum Child


National Railway Museum Family


Visitor Information

Operating Hours

Opening time


Closing time


Closed Christmas Day
Anzac Day- 12.00 noon to 5.00pm


76 Lipson Street Port Adelaide SA 5015 00

How to get there

  • Car
    Fnd Commercial Road or St Vincent Street Port Adelaide, then to turn onto Lipson Street.
  • Bus
    Get off at Commercial Road Port Adelaide, From there, The National Railway Museum is a 5 minute walk.
  • Train
    Get off at Port Adelaide railway station from there The National Railway Museum is a short 15 minute walk.

Additional Information

For Further info please contact (08) 83411690

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