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Where rail heritage comes to life

The NSW Rail Museum is located within the historic town of Thirlmere in South West Sydney.

Go all the way back to the beginning as you walk the timeline of rail development from the invention of the very first steam engine to today, and discover how NSW railways brought life to town and country.

See inside the driver’s cab of an historic steam locomotive, explore a mail van, walk through a prison van and admire the Governor-General’s carriage in all its glory.

Visit the Great Train Hall to see an impressive collection of locomotives, carriages and wagons – each with a unique story to tell.

The historic Loop Line

The NSW Rail Museum is located alongside the Picton – Mittagong Loop Line, an historic rail line which originally opened in 1867 as part of the original Main Southern Railway.

The line was bypassed by a new double track alignment in 1919, with regular services continuing up until the 1970s.

While much of the line remains inactive today, the section between Picton and Buxton remains operational for heritage train experiences as part of the museum. The line also provides access to the NSW rail network at Picton for Transport Heritage NSW’s regular program of heritage train events and experiences, conducted all year-round across Greater Sydney and regional NSW.

Transport Heritage NSW

The NSW Rail Museum is brought to you by Transport Heritage NSW and proudly funded by the NSW Government. To learn more, visit Transport Heritage NSW.

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