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“A "MUST" for the train buff!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of National Railway Museum Port Adelaide

National Railway Museum Port Adelaide
Lipson St, Adelaide, South Australia 5015, Australia
08 8341 1690
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Ranked #13 of 76 Attractions in Adelaide
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Explore the history of Australian railways in this engaging museum. You will encounter numerous displays of various railway artifacts and see steam and diesel trains at work.
Canberra
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“A "MUST" for the train buff!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

This museum is a "MUST" for the train buff. A great collection of locomotives, wagons and memorabilia of Australian rail. They have many operating exhibits and it is very well set up with many indoor pavillions.

A good day exploring rail.

Visited December 2012
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“Port Adelaide Railway Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

This is a very well presented Railway Museum - a must for steam enthusiasts. Lots of steam trains that tell the story of the railways in this area and beyond.
The steam trains and rolling stock are kept in pristine condition and although you can't climb onto the trains there are lots of opportunities to go inside the carriages etc
Plenty of exhibits, photographs and films to see then take a ride around the site on the small train where you can see other trains on site.
Take the train Adelaide to Port Adelaide and it is a short walk from the station.
Cost is $12 or 9 for consessions - nice little shop for souvenirs but there is no food availble on site but used our entrance ticket as a "pass out" to go out for lunch and then return.
There are a couple of vending machines for snacks and the toilets are immaculate.

Visited November 2012
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Adelaide, Australia
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“A great day out especially for children and train buffs!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Also known as 'Port Doc,' this large and comprehensive railway museum is fantastic for all ages with lots to see and free train rides included in the ticket. It is a great outing for children and needs at least half a day to see everything. Most of it is undercover so it is ideal for a wet or winter days excursion. There are special 'Thomas the Tank Engine' days during school holidays.
There are many huge proud old locos from the days of steam and early diesel which have been restored sitting proudly on rails which tower above you when you walk into the covered building. Some of the most most reverred and significant old locos such as the giant Essington Lewis and the 500 Class are there. An aside is that the old 520 still operates as a tourist train at Steam Ranger, Mount Barker in the winter months.
At Port Doc children disappeared inside the cabs of a few of the big monsters that you are able to climb into and the looks on children's faces were amazing as they were able to pull levers etc. I loved the platform display of a bygone era where the cardboard cases are piled on the trolley ready to go into the guards van.
The historical record is excellent There is a lot of memoribillia and the interpretation is excellent leaving no doubt about the role of steam in the early days of the opening up of the Australian continent.
There are other 'hands on' things for children apart from being able to climb into selected cabs, including being able to operate a crossing wig wag, operating manual signals and Thomas the Tank Engine features for the littlies. Outside you can walk amongst other old rolling stock waiting to be restored. There is soot and dirt around outside as you are actually in an old railway yard so children should be dressed appropriately!
The usual fast food can be purchase outside the main building. You can eat outside watching the free train rides go past or go into a carriage and consume your food in the ambience of yesteryear.

Visited July 2012
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“Grandson catches Thomas Express.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Exhibits well presented and historical information regarding the importance of railroads in the development of commerce and travel within SA and across borders. Something of interest for all ages.

Visited April 2012
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Take the kids when they are young”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The expressions on kids faces when they first see this is amazing! Pretty much mirrored by men of all ages - so take the hubbie, father, grandfather... There is just so much here and you can actually climb aboard heaps of it. Personally I'd be happy with about an hour but daughter & hubbie could spend all day here.

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