The NSW Rail Museum is now reopen for weekend visits only.
For further information, including session times and how you can book, please visit our NSW Rail Museum Weekends page.
Heritage train rides remain suspended until further notice.
The NSW Rail Museum offers a range of options to ensure your group has an unforgettable rail heritage experience.
Tours are led by NSW Rail Museum Volunteer Guides and are included in your entry fee. We tailor the tours to suit your interest, itinerary and mobility.
Groups receive a 10% discount on museum entry and Thirlmere Heritage Railway tickets.
We can also arrange catering for your group. Contact us to discuss your needs and we will be happy to assist.
All groups visiting the NSW Rail Museum must book in advance.
School and vacation care groups
Food and drink options
The NSW Rail Museum kiosk remains closed
Only a limited range of snacks and cold drinks are available at the reception counter.
Support our local cafes, pubs and restaurants
To support our local community following the extended period of closures due to bushfires and now COVID-19, we’re encouraging visitors to stop by one of the many local cafes, pubs or restaurants either before or after your visit to the NSW Rail Museum.
For more information on local eateries visit the Visit Wollondilly website.
With over 10,000 square metres of lawns and sheltered picnic tables, the grounds are the perfect place to have a picnic – don’t forget a rug!
The NSW Rail Museum at Thirlmere has:
Hearing aid loop in the theatrette
Single level access to all areas
Ramp access to the Great Train Hall platform and Roundhouse
There is plenty of free street parking on Barbour Road, including designated bays for disabled parking.
Please be advised
The NSW Rail Museum occupies a site that is more than 1 kilometre in length from end to end. It is recommended that visitors with limited mobility plan their visit to include rest stops.
Prams and wheelchairs will not fit through the doorways of the carriages in the Great Train Hall and some exhibits are accessible only by stairs.
Prams and wheelchairs will not fit through the doorways of the carriages on steam train rides. However, a safe storage place will be provided and assistance to board the trains is available if required.
How to get here
The NSW Rail Museum is in Thirlmere, within easy reach of Sydney, Canberra, Wollongong and the South Coast.
NSW Rail Museum
10 Barbour Road, Thirlmere NSW 2572
By public transport from Sydney
Travel to Thirlmere by public transport is available on ordinary weekdays only. Services are few; the connections are reliable.
From Sydney departure from Central by any train to Macarthur departing before 7.45am will ensure connection at Campbelltown to the Southern Highlands train. Just cross the platform.
From the western suburbs take any train to Glenfield then cross the platform to the Macarthur train. The services are timed to connect with each other.
At Picton change to a waiting bus. The bus is contracted to NSW Trainlink to provide a connecting service. It will not depart until after departure of the train TO Sydney.
Remember to “tap off” at Picton before boarding the bus.
Return buses depart Thirlmere at 1.30pm and 5.25pm.
The travel planner is very detailed and can be relied upon.
Bus details are also available from www.berrimabuslines.com.au
The bus route is 828 and passes the Museum entrance in Barbour Rd.
The most convenient alternative is a taxi between Thirlmere and Tahmoor – about 5kms.