Located in the Hobart suburb of Glenorchy, the museum is open on Saturdays, Sundays and some Public Holidays, from 1:00 pm until last admissions at 4:00 pm. On the third Sunday of each month only, the museum opens at 11am. Group visits are available at other times by arrangement.
The museum exhibits include railway locomotives, railmotors, carriages and wagons, trams, trolley buses, motor buses, stationary steam engines and many other items of historical interest. There is also a display of historical photographs and other small objects.
Locomotive C22 at the head of a short train comprising wagon A 159, carriage A+17 and guards van DB3, on 20 September 1998 Photo: Michael Dix
The museum is located off Anfield Street, Glenorchy, and is opposite the Northgate shopping centre. (See map)
The museum was officially opened on 3 December 1983, and since then development of the site has included the laying of rail track and the erection of buildings in which the collection is housed. The buildings include a railway roundhouse, a carriage shed and two large sheds to house the bus, tram and steam technology exhibits. The former New Town railway station has been relocated to the museum, providing an authentic setting for the display and operation of rail vehicles. The former Botanical Gardens signal box and other railway items, such as signals and water columns, whilst not operational, add to the railway flavour of the station area.
Note: The demonstration train trips are operated by volunteers using equipment up to 130 years old. Whilst we make every effort to operate as described, there are rare occasions when we have to operate alternative trains or to different operating times for various reasons beyond our control.
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