The Fluck Pavilion holds other items of rolling stock such as steam locomotives NM34 and BHP No. 4, as well as diesel locomotive GM2

Take a journey into railway history at the National Railway Museum, Australia's largest undercover railway museum with over 100 exhibits representing State, Commonwealth and private railway operators on the three major rail gauges used in Australia. Take in the size of the giant steam engines, walk through elegant carriages, enjoy the fun of train rides and interactive and educational displays.

There are many ways to join and support the National Railway Museum!

The Museum offers a range of activities and experiences for school groups, families and children. Explore this section for free downloadable activities and resources for children and school groups. Learn more about our workshops, loan and education packs, and school group visitation to the Museum.

Educators and students alike will find a wealth of useful and intriguing information in our educational resources.

The Museum offers many learning opportunities for schools and students, our packs and activities are all aligned with the Australian Curriculum. We welcome you to the Museum and hope you enjoy your visit.

Please be advised that for safety and security reasons, many of our carriages and locomotives are locked off.

Our Collections

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.

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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