The Semaphore to Fort Glanville Tourist Railway

Sat 1st October 2016 -
Sun 30th April 2017

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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, walk through elegant carriages, enjoy free train rides and interactive and educational displays.

Why not take a ride on the Semaphore to Fort Glanville Tourist Railway? It runs:

  • Every Sunday and Public Holiday from October to April (inclusive)
  • Daily during school holidays in September and April
  • Daily from 26th December to the end of January school holidays

Steam trains will depart between 11am and 4pm, roughly every hour or at frequencies varied according to demand.

The National Railway Museum....Affordable Family Entertainment.

Oral History Group Formed

Our Museum is second to none in representing Australia’s railway history with its collection of locomotives, carriages and other artefacts.  But there is another side to history - people´s memories and recollections of their experiences of those exhibits and Railways in general. Capturing these is an important task to round out the Museum´s collection - and the Board recently agreed to establish an Oral History Group to fill this gap.

The group - chaired by our curator Moana Colmer, with Gabby Sexton, John Evans and Frank Hussey as its members - met for the first time recently to discuss our role and set out a project-driven strategy for our work.

As its name suggests our intention is to obtain audio-visual interviews primarily with past railway employees  and link these to particular exhibits and projects within the Museum. A good example of how this has worked in the past, are the commentaries in the Tea and Sugar train exhibit.  We are interested in hearing from anyone willing to take part in these interviews, particularly if they have a history of railway employment as Station Masters, Drivers, Firemen, Guards, Shunters, Train Controllers, Roster Clerks, Signallers, Isolated Community Education or Baby Health Car workers,  railway refreshment room staff, Loco Workshops Staff and Track Maintenance Gangers/Fettlers.

There is a sense of urgency about this work as those who worked in the steam era in particular are of advanced age - and we are sure many will have already experienced the sense of loss as one of these characters has passed on and taken all their memories and experiences beyond our reach.  Let us ensure that we minimise this loss from now on - please let the group know if you are aware of anyone in these circumstances that we might seek to interview.


Frank Hussey (NRM Oral History Group & NRM Board member)               

M:          0407 972 732


Moana Colmer (Curator, Exhibitions & Displays)




Gabby Sexton (Assistant Curator)








Museum open 10am - 4:30pm daily
Adult $12
Concession $9
Child (3-15 yrs & accompanied by an adult) $6
Family (2 adults & up to 3 children) $32

Please note: Entry prices may vary for special events.
Closed Christmas Day. Open from 12pm on ANZAC day.

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