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Canberra Railway Museum

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The museum offers a wide variety of exhibits and is actually a working museum that houses Australia’s oldest steam-operated locomotive. This was built in 1878 and is still working. There are locomotives, passenger cars, track maintenance vehicles and freight cars housed in the railway yard museum which contains some of the most significant railway exhibits in Australia, particularly locomotive 1210 that towed Canberra’s first train in 1914.

Guided tours offer an opportunity to see rolling stock and hear about their history. Vintage diesel locomotives and three “Tin Hare” motors are on display. View antique wooden passenger cars or stainless steel ones from a more modern era. See restored tender locomotives and steam trains along with a “dog box” carriage. Enjoy viewing the craftsmanship shown in the ornate timber in the old carriages.

When viewing the exhibits you are likely to see some volunteers busy doing restoration work on the rolling stock and because it is a working museum exhibits will change from time to time. On the last Sunday of each month there are rail motor rides operating from platform at the museum to Fyshwick and the Kingston Miniature Railway located nearby, provides rides through the Museum grounds.

The museum is on Geijera Place, Kingston ACT at the end of Cunningham Street. It is open only on Sundays from 1 pm until 4 pm and admission fees apply.


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