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Statement of Purpose

Organisational structure

Port Dock Station Railway Trust


Privacy Policy

Corporate Reports



Statement of Purpose

The objectives of the National Railway Museum shall be to operate a railway museum (currently at the former site of the Port Dock Station at Port Adelaide) and include the following:

  • to store, research, document, maintain, conserve, protect and preserve collection material;
  • to make available to the public an extensive and complete representation of Australia’s railway history;
  • to manage a railway museum and associated business activities for the benefit of the people of Australia, including the general public and members of the NRM;
  • to hold regular meetings of members of the NRM;
  • to publish a periodical journal, books and other material on subjects relevant to the NRM or any of its objects;
  • to hold conferences, seminars and workshops on subjects related to any of its objects.




Organisational Structure


Staff Positions

Maintenance Manager – Richard Crookall

Curator and Business Manager – Gabrielle Sexton

Executive Officer (ex officio) – Robert Sampson

Rail Safety Manager - Robert Sampson



The NRM Board of Management is formed with 6 elected positions, and 2 additional positions appointed by the South Australian Government.

Chairman – David Burnett

Vice Chairman – Frank Hussey

Treasurer  – Peter McCabe

Bodie Thorpe

Mark Carter

Robert Sampson

Gabrielle Sexton (ex-officio)


South Australian Government Appointed Representatives

Dr John Radcliffe

Derek Clark


Nominations are now open for those interested in joining the NRM Board. Pursuant to the Rules of the Association Clause 9.3 – three current Board Members (and on this occasion Frank Hussey, Peter McCabe and Bob Sampson) are required to stand down and are eligible for re-election at the next AGM in September 2024.

Nominations for the Board positions must be made in writing on this nomination form provided by the Returning Officer, and this form must bear the signature of the proposer, seconder (who both shall be financial members of the Association) and the candidate.

Nomination forms must be in the hands of the Returning Officer by no later than 8pm at the July General Meeting on Wednesday 24 July 2024.



Port Dock Station Railway Trust

At the 3 June 2011 Members' General Meeting, discussion occurred about splitting the Museum into two organisations, with the Port Dock Station Railway Museum’s railway collection assets held in a separate Trust. The proposal was to prevent or reduce the risk of the Museum-owned assets/exhibits being taken over by a Receiver if the Museum ever got into financial difficulties. All of the necessary steps and the creation of the separate entities was endorsed by the general membership at a Special General Meeting on 28 March 2014.

The Trust  (Port Dock Station Railway Trust) is an independent not-for-profit Trust founded in accordance with South Australian state law by Port Dock Railway Station Museum (SA) Incorporated) with the approval of the Board of the Museum.  The Trust is required to consist of a minimum of three trustees and at its commencement, four persons formed the Trust. The principle purpose recited in the Trust Deed is:

“…..  to acquire and to hold items (including Intellectual property and items of movable cultural heritage) to enable the promotion and protection of those items for use in Australian museums for the benefit of the public.”

As an independent entity, the Trust and Trust Deed does not refer to, and is not bound by the National Railway Museum Incorporated (NRM). However the working relationship between the Trust and NRM is enshrined in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) acknowledged by both parties.  The MOU identifies the agreed processes that will exist between NRM and the Trust and specifies that:

“Collection Material” (as identified by the NRM Board) will be transferred progressively over time, as a gift to the Trust who will accept and assume ownership of the items. All Collection Material items gifted will immediately be loaned back to the NRM for display and interpretation. The NRM will continue to be responsible for display, maintenance, and restoration of those items. Should the Trust wish to dispose of a Collection Material item, and pursuant to the MOU, it must first consult with the NRM, but the Trust retains the legal right to make the final decision. The Trust will not for the foreseeable future accept gifts from other parties. This does not preclude the NRM acquiring other items and placing them in the category of “Collection Material” to be gifted and re-loaned.

The Trust receives Collection Material gifts (by way of defined Schedules) from NRM, to which it then loans those assets back to NRM to manage on its behalf.  The Trust is an entity in its own right – and operates under a Trust Deed in accordance with Trust laws and regulations.

The MOU outlines the working relationship between the Trust and the NRM. It is a collaborative and open arrangement – where the prime focus is on protecting the Collection Material and discussing matters in a mutually beneficial manner.  The key goal is to achieve the best outcome for the preservation of the Collection Material. 

This annual report is listed on the National Railway Museum’s website with the agreement of the Port Dock Station Railway Trust, a separate entity from the National Railway Museum.

Port Dock Station Railway Trust Annual Report



The National Railway Museum has made all reasonable effort to ensure the information on this site is as accurate as possible, but gives no warranty or guarantee that the material, information or publication made accessible is accurate, complete, current, or fit for any use whatsoever. Users should place no reliance on the material, information or publication accessed via this site. If you find any information on this website that you believe may be inaccurate, please let us know.

The National Railway Museum accepts no liability or responsibility for any loss or damage whatsoever suffered as a result of direct or indirect use or application of any material, publication or information made accessible via this website.

This site provides links to other websites operated by community, business and government. In providing such links, the National Railway Museum does not accept responsibility for, or endorse the content or condition of, any linked site. These linked websites will have their own terms and conditions of use and you should familiarise yourself with these.

The National Railway Museum reserves the right of refusal to publish and to change the material, information or publication on this website without notice.



Privacy Policy

Respectful treatment of members, volunteers, donors and other stakeholders extends to their privacy.

This policy is to provide guidelines for officers of the National Railway Museum (hereafter referred to as 'NRM') and reassurance for its stakeholders that personal information collected or held in the normal course of the Museum's operations will be respected.


'Personal Information' means information that can be used to identify an individual, or from which a person's identity can reasonably be ascertained. Home addresses, residential phone numbers and email addresses are all examples of personal information.

Collection of Personal Information

The NRM will not collect any personal information unless it is for one or more of its functions or activities.

The Museum's principle method of collecting personal information is directly from its stakeholders.

Sometimes the Museum may collect personal information from a third party if that party has consented, or if our stakeholders would reasonably expect us to collect the information in this way. Examples of this are publicly available sources such as websites, telephone directories or kindred organisations.

Any information that the Museum seeks to collect will only be done by lawful and fair means and not in any intrusive way.

Use of Personal Information

The NRM will only use personal information for the purposes for which it is collected or provided, and for relevant, internal management purposes.

The Museum will not give personal information to other organisations or individuals unless one of the following applies:

you have consented for the information to be providedyou would expect us to pass on the information (e.g. mailing lists to third party organisations of a kindred nature), or we have told you that we will pass it onsuch third party organisations have a similar privacy policyOpenness and Accuracy

You may access personal information that the NRM holds about you, or you can ask us to correct personal information we hold about you.

The Museum will take reasonable steps to ensure that personal information we collect, use, or disclose is accurate and secure from unauthorised use. This Privacy Policy is accessible via our website. 

If you are on any electronic or printed newsletter listings you may opt out of further contact from the Museum by unsubscribing.

Privacy and the NRM Website

The Museum does not collect personal information about visitors if they browse the website. We do analyse website traffic data to improve our understanding of how persons interact with the Museum.

Protection of Personal Information

The Museum will take all reasonable and practicable steps to ensure that your personal information is properly protected from misuse or loss, and unauthorised access, modification or disclosure.

We encourage you to be vigilant about the protection of your own personal information when using third party digital services (such as social media platforms and online purchasing sites). As far as reasonably practicable, we will make sure that our relationships with those third parties include appropriate protection of your privacy.

Contact Person

The Executive Officer of the NRM is responsible for carriage of this policy.



Corporate Reports

The links below contain information about rail safety, the latest Board report, and a variety of other site-related documents which ensure we run transparently.

NRM Rail Safety Management System

NRM Charter for the Board

NRM Constitution

NRM Strategic Plan

Annual Report 2022-2023

If you have any questions about these documents, please contact our Curator and Business Manager.


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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