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Address: 26 Champion Road, Williamstown, Hobsons Bay, Victoria 3016, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 3 9397 7412
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Sat 12:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Railway Museum has a large collection of steam, diesel, and electric...

The Railway Museum has a large collection of steam, diesel, and electric locomotives spanning over 100 years of Victoria's railway history, as well as a variety of passenger and goods carriages, several railway cranes, signalling and other equipment. It also features a 1950s O scale model railway with hand-made models of various Victorian Railways trains. We are currently open 12 to 5pm every Saturday, and also open 12 to 5pm on Sundays during school holidays. We are also able to open the museum during the week for group bookings such as school excursions or club visits.

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Great Railway History

This place is only open one day a week (Saturday) and only in the afternoon on that day so you need to plan your visit. From Melbourne it is 45 minutes by train and walk. Once... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
West Kelowna, Canada
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West Kelowna, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is only open one day a week (Saturday) and only in the afternoon on that day so you need to plan your visit. From Melbourne it is 45 minutes by train and walk. Once you get there it is worth it. There is an excellent assortment of locos and rolling stock and history. The staff are all volunteers... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Easy location to get to. Entry price is reasonable.Great selection of engines.Engines and carriages are deteriorating, metal work is being eaten away and timber is rotting. A fast tracked restoration program is required to get these engineering marvels back to their former glory. A good start would be to get get a roof over them.Still a great place for the... More 

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John H, Manager at ARHS Railway Museum, responded to this review

Hi there GreyNomads888 and thanks for your positive feedback on ease of access, location and the range of exhibits on display. We also understand the concerns you have raised about the exposure of exhibits to the elements. However, I think we have good news for you: we recently announced the commencement of a project to roof the eastern end of... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016

Some of the engines from the Age of Steam on show here were active for over 70 years, a truly amazing feat of craftsmanship. Some locomotives were built in Australia. Many others were built in the United Kingdom, particularly Glasgow in Scotland and Lancashire. You can hire the former Spirit of Progress buffet car.for functions, at a modest cost. Often... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

Fantastic adventure back in time for rail enthusiasts just as good if not better than 25 years ago when adventuring it with my children a fantastic day all round with grandchildren now ...defently worth a visit allow a few hours. .well done to all the volunteers

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016

This rail museum has a brilliant and historically significant collection of Victoria's railway history. Staffed by volunteers who are passionate about what they maintain it is worth a couple of hours even if you are not a rail fan, especially if introducing the younger generation to what railways were and what they meant to the growth of the country.

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

I love old trains and was pleased to find out there was a railway museum not far from where I was staying and only a short walk from Williamstown North railway station. It is packed with old locos and carriages plus a good collection of railway memorabilia such as in the Bill Bragg display room. The ex-North Williamstown signal box... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016 via mobile

Volenteers run the museum and they do 1hour tours to explain about some of the trains & carriages they have on site which is great experience if you like the history of railway, trains & carriages. Wished we had more time there 1hour wasn't enough time for us, next time we go we will be there earlier. A good family... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2015

If you ever wanted to see how our railway grew this is the place to go. See heavy Harry the steamer that was basically too big to run on the lines. So much to see and do. Can climb through engines and carriages. Many of the volunteers are ex railways employees with a wealth of knowledge. Don't be scared to... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

We went to this railway museum for the first time recently, with my husband's parents and our 2 boys who are 6 and 9. There is a fair bit to see, and you can look around at your leisure. The staff were friendly when went paid to get in, but their doesn't seem to be any guided tour, or staff... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

Our family visited the museum to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Victorian Railway Museum. Weather was fantastic, a tasty bbq was provided with soft drink, tea and/or coffee. There was a delicious sponge cake after the short speeches. It was wonderful to see the old huge trains which were coal fired. The friendly staff at the museum could not... More 

1 Thank Sandra S

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