Our Collections

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.

Collection Management

Caring for our collections is integral to the work of the NRM. We make every effort to ensure that our collections are preserved for future generations to learn from and enjoy.

Collection management means:

  • Making sure that everyone can easily access items in our collections and learn about their history
  • Ensuring that items on display, in storage and in transit are protected from damage
  • Monitoring environmental conditions of display and store areas
  • Managing pests that can cause damage to collection items
  • Having collection disaster recovery plans in place


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

Visit the NRM

76 Lipson Street
Port Adelaide
South Australia  5015
Open Daily / 10am – 4:30pm





5-15 yrs & with an adult


2 adults & up to 3 children


  • Prices may vary for special events
  • EFTPOS is preferred payment method
  • Open from 12pm on ANZAC Day
  • Closed Christmas Day

Phone: 8341 1690

The National Railway Museum acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional owners and custodians of the Adelaide Plains. We honour and respect their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country. We aim to respect the cultural heritage, customs and beliefs of all Indigenous people.

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