Highlights of the National Railway Museum
Take the family on a ride around the Museum site on our free small train ride, included in price of Museum admission. Trains generally run once every half hour.
Ride the Semaphore Train along the beautiful Semaphore coastline, one-way or return from Semaphore foreshore to Port Malcolm.
Ride aboard Peronne steam train and the Red Hens diesels during special events at the Museum. Experience what it’s like to drive one of these trains during our Driver Experience days. Check out our Events Diary for details and conditions.
The Museum houses an impressive collection of Australian railway heritage items, including photographs, artefacts, documents and ephemera. The Archive is open by appointment and also offers an enquiry service (fees may apply), please visit the Collections page of this website for details.
The Museum Shop has a range of railway books, DVD’s, souvenirs, toys and ice creams.
Appreciate Art & Design?
- The Museum runs annual events, such as Steampunk, which feature amazing artists from around South Australia. See our What’s On page for more details.
- Check out our Events Diary for Behind the Scenes events featuring cars such as Onkaparinga (Art Nouveau design) and the Vice Regal Car (Art Deco design)
Love All Things Royal?
- The Vice Regal and Murray Cars were designed to be fit for royalty. The Vice Regal Car was used in the Royal Train between Murray Bridge and Adelaide for the carriage of the Duke of Edinburgh in 1974.
- The Museum collection contains two railway seat covers, said to have been specially made for Prince Charles and Diana when they rode aboard the Cockle Train in the 1988.
- Climb aboard stunning carriages, like the Wegmann Lounge Car, and experience the romance of rail travel past.
- The Museum hosts functions such as weddings and receptions. See our Functions and Commercial page for more details.
Like a Fright?
- Attend one of the Ghost Tours that operate at the Museum.
- See the coffin cart and the funeral trains display.
Want to See Australian Icons?
- See the Bob the Railway Dog collar and display.
- Board the iconic Tea and Sugar train, play with the interactives and learn about the communities it serviced along the Nullarbor Plain.
- WWI and II display, learn about the contribution of South Australia’s railways during the world war years.
- Learn about Australia’s railway history and the contribution the people who have worked for the railways made on the development of Australia through our exhibits and displays, such as the Women in Rail display.
- The Museum is housed on the site of the former Port Dock Station Railway Station and Yards. The heritage listed goods shed and platform is still standing today and can be seen during your visit.