Train rides


The museum operates a 2km long 457 mm gauge railway from Semaphore to Fort Glanville which departs from the foot of the jetty at the end of the popular Semaphore Road cafe strip, and parallels the Esplanade and the sand dunes of one of Adelaide's most popular swimming beaches, before passing through the dunes near historic Fort Glanville at Point Malcolm.

The railway operates:

  • Every Sunday and Public Holiday from end of September to end of April (inclusive)
  • Daily during the September & April school holidays EXCEPT Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Daily from and including 26 December to the end of the January school holidays

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

Prices for this unique scenic and relaxing train ride are as follows:

   Adult    $8
   Child    $5 (3 years to 15 years)
   Family  $20 (2 Adults with 2 Children)

Please note:

  • Tickets for the Semaphore and Fort Glanville Tourist Railway do not include admission to the Museum (and vice versa) and are sold exclusively from the train.
  • The Semaphore and Fort Glanville Tourist Railway does not operate if the forecast temperature for Adelaide is 35 degrees or higher on the morning of operation.

Our engineman poses with steam locomotive 'Bill' at Point Malcolm


A visit to the museum would not be complete without a train ride on our 457mm gauge railway which runs through the grounds of the museum. Rides are complimentary to all museum visitors (except during special events).

Trains depart regularly from Callington Station which is located at the northern end of the museum adjacent to the car park. The train goes past many of our major exhibits including the historic 1878 goods shed. Passengers will also see 'The Steam Shed' where our 457mm and 1067mm operational locomotives are stored and maintained.

Locomotive No. 7 'Ken' hauls the majority of trains on weekdays, our steam locomotive No. 4 'Bub' operates on weekends and during school holidays (subject to the availability of qualified drivers).

During special events the museum also offer rides on our larger operational exhibits such as narrow gauge steam engine 'Peronne', broad gauge 'Red Hen' railcars, or behind broad gauge diesel electric loco 801. Keep an eye on the Events page of our website for details.

Steam locomotive 'Bub' hauls a train past the steam shed
1067mm steam loco 'Peronne' works a train past the Aviation Museum
The broad gauge Red Hen set makes it way along Jacketts siding
457mm loco 'Ken' awaits its next train at Callington