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ARHS Railway Museum

26 Champion Rd, Williamstown, Hobsons Bay, Victoria 3015, Australia
+61 3 9397 7412
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This little, somewhat hidden museum has the most astonishing and impressive collection of... read more

Reviewed March 21, 2017
Steve G
Hampshire, UK
Great Railway History

This place is only open one day a week (Saturday) and only in the afternoon on that day so you need... read more

Reviewed February 4, 2017
West Kelowna, Canada
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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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26 Champion Rd, Williamstown, Hobsons Bay, Victoria 3015, Australia
+61 3 9397 7412
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Reviewed March 21, 2017

This little, somewhat hidden museum has the most astonishing and impressive collection of locomotives and rolling stock. This is a wonderful place to take children, and this adult enjoyed it just as much as his grandsons. Well done to those stalwart volunteers!

1  Thank Steve G
Reviewed February 4, 2017

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...More

1  Thank MACIMI
Reviewed October 23, 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...More

3  Thank GreyNomads888
John H, Manager at ARHS Railway Museum, responded to this reviewResponded January 16, 2017

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...More

Reviewed May 13, 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...More

1  Thank Jeffry B
Reviewed April 20, 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...More

1  Thank peter3030
Reviewed April 2, 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...More

1  Thank Tony W
Reviewed February 22, 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...More

3  Thank Dorsetbruce
Reviewed February 21, 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...More

2  Thank 023017
Reviewed December 9, 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...More

2  Thank Peter B
Reviewed October 14, 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...More

1  Thank Elizabeth B
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