The National Railway Museum collections cover all aspects of Australian railway history. Our collections include:
Rolling Stock – historic vehicles operated by State, Commonwealth and private railway operators on the three major rail gauges used in Australia
Infrastructure items related to the working of the railways such as station buildings, signalling and telecommunications equipment, track components, and maintenance vehicles.
Objects including locomotive builders’ plates, station name boards, uniforms, clocks, signal lamps, furniture, railway hospitality objects
Audiovisual Items - photographs, negatives, video and sound recordings, art, posters and placards
Documents - public and railway working timetables, weekly notices, plans, drawings, gradient and curve diagrams, tickets, government documents
The NRM also has a specialist reference Library comprising books, journals and audiovisual items covering all aspects of Australian railway history.
The National Railway Museum is able to loan collection items to other cultural heritage organisations provided that certain display or storage conditions are adhered to. If you wish to borrow an item from the NRM, or would like more information, please contact the Curator and Business Manager. The NRM does not generally accept items on inward loan.
Research and Enquiries
We welcome your enquiries and ask that you contact us via email or letter. If you wish to meet with a Curator or Collection Manager in person, please make an appointment as we may not be available to see you immediately.
For information about loans, donations and bequests, research requests, accessing the archive and general information about the NRM collections or collection management issues, please contact the Curator and Business Manager.
As we are a fully self-funded, volunteer operated organisation we do charge for our services to assist us with our research, conservation and restoration work. Our initial research to locate information is free and we provide a quote before charges are made. Payments can be made by credit/debit card, cheque, by direct deposit, by Paypal or at the Bookshop.
For more information about our services and charges please download How The Museum Can Help You.
Railway Personnel Records
The Museum does not hold records relating to railway employees, we recommend that you contact the State Records of South Australia or the State Library of South Australia if you are looking for railway employee information. For a general overview on researching Australian railway employees please see the Railway Employees Leaflet.
Copies of Photographs and Documents
If there is an image or document in our collection that you would like a copy of, you can complete an Archive Research and Photographic Request Form. Our charges are all specified in the How The Museum Can Help You brochure. You will also need to complete a Reproduction Agreement Form and submit full payment before we can provide your item.
We welcome your enquiries and ask that you contact us via email or letter. If you wish to meet with one of the Curators in person, please make an appointment as we may not be available to see you immediately.
For research requests please email the Curator and Business Manager.