Travel back in time to the golden age of rail travel, at Canberra Railway Museum!
Based in Kingston, one of Canberra’s oldest suburbs and once its industrial heart, our exhibits will take you through over 100 years of history. The Australian Capital Territory has a deep connection to the railways, and you can learn all about it here!
All of our locomotives and carriages are open and explorable, showcasing a variety of unique and fascinating stories. You can board the footplate of steam locomotive 1210, which brought the first train to Canberra in 1914! Or see firsthand the evolution of the sleeping car, from a lavish 1901 Pullman car, to the art-deco stylishness of the 1960s Southern Aurora.
Step inside a carriage that’s hauled politicians to Parliament, wounded soldiers to hospitals, and skiers to the snowies. Or, learn about the quirky and macabre connection between the railways and a Canberran church…
Our newly-renovated visitor centre highlights the long and unusual history of Canberra’s railways, and showcases artefacts from the construction tramways; the Light Rail that existed nearly 100 years before the one we have today!
Our friendly and knowledgeable volunteers will take you on a popular and highly-reviewed guided tour.