NSW Rail Museum, Thirlmere

The NSW Rail Museum is the main railway museum in New South Wales, Australia. A division of Transport Heritage NSW, it was previously known as the New South Wales Rail Transport Museum (NSWRTM) and Trainworks.
Transport Heritage NSW has divisions located in Thirlmere, New South Wales, where the NSW Rail Museum is dedicated to displaying locomotives, passenger cars, and freight rolling stock formerly operated by the New South Wales Government Railways (NSWGR) and various private operators. The Blue Mountains division is located at the Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum.

At Thirlmere, the NSW Rail Museum operates steam heritage trains on the Picton – Mittagong railway line between Picton, Thirlmere and Buxton. It also hosts the Thirlmere Festival of Steam in March each year.

In addition to this, Transport Heritage NSW regularly operates mainline tours under the NSW Rail Museum branding. These can consist of day or extended tours, usually over a weekend.

At Valley Heights, the co-located Valley Heights Steam Tramway runs an 1890s steam tram and trailer, and a Stephenson loco 0-6-0 CPC2 (built in 1899) with open ended carriage over track in the former roundhouse and associated access tracks.
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  • Visited this museumby chance. Completely overwhelmed by the experience. From the kindness of the gentleman who took our entrace fee and gave us a verbal introduction for the quality of the exhibits...  more »
  • It is cheaper if you purchase your tickets onlne. The staff and volunteers are very friendly, chatty and helpful. The main building is very clean and well laid out. Clean toilets and a small...  more »
  • Shout out to Tracey, amazing patron at the reception. Keep your student card handy for concession entry at $10 (Adults). Wonderful experience and a recommended day trip with family from Sydney. Has tons of history to show; dating all the way back to 1869. Usual trip to this Museum, I would say give atleast 3 hours if planning your trip. There is a cafe inside, you can have some quick snacks and coffee in designated area. You really won't have lots of souvenir options here which is a downside, wish they had some locomotive models at a reasonable price. Overall, 5 star experience. Totally recommended.
  • Great place to experience older trains and learn about the history. Nice facility with lots for the kids to see and do. Historic train rides on the weekends. Not the best place to visit if you don’t like walking

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