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Australian Tourist Railways & Museums

This page provides a directory of tourist railways and railway museums in Australia and New Zealand, including dozens of scenic steam trains and trams.

Trains & Travel International - Experts in rail travel since 1985, offering rail tours and railfan charters

3801 Limited Tourist Railways - Passenger excursions with 3801, plus The Cockatoo Run excursions from Sydney, and special charters; Australia

Adelaide Tramway Museum at St. Kilda - Preserves the history of electric public transport in Adelaide, South Australia

Alexandra Timber Tramway - Two-foot gauge steam railway and logging museum in Alexandra, Victoria, Australia

Altona Miniature Railway - 5" and 7-1/4" gauge steam railway in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Archer Park Rail Museum - Operates a steam tram in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia

Association of Tourist and Heritage Rail Australia - Represents tourist and heritage railways and tramways

Association of Tourist Railways - Represents heritage railways and tramways in Victoria, Australia

Association Tourist Railways Queensland - Operators of heritage and tourist railways in Queensland, Australia

Australian Narrow Gauge Railway Museum Society - Steam train rides on the Durundur Railway in Woodford, Queensland, Australia

Australian Railway Historical Society Railway Museum - Rolling stock exhibits including steam, diesel, and electric locomotive plus steam cranes, freight wagons, and passenger carriages; North Williamstown, Victoria, Australia

Australian Sugar Cane Railway - Operates a collection of sugar cane steam locomotives in Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia

Ballarat Vintage Tramway - 1.3km vintage tram rides in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

Bally Hooley Steam Railway - 4km steam excursions in Port Douglas, Australia

Bay of Islands Vintage Railway - Steam excursions between Kawakawa and Opua, New Zealand

Bellarine Railway - 3'6" gauge steam tourist railway operating on 16km of restored track from historic Queenscliff to Drysdale; Victoria, Australia

Bendigo Tramways - Devoted to the preservation and operation of historic tramways; Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

Bennett Brook Railway - Two foot gauge tourist railway located in Whiteman Park near Perth, Western Australia, with an extensive collection of restored locomotives and rolling stock

Brisbane Tramway Museum - Operates six restored tramcars in Ferny Grove, Queensland, Australia

Bundaberg Railway Museum - Railfan artifacts and tools on display in Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia

Canberra Railway Museum - Steam and diesel locomotives, memorabilia, and photographs; Geijera Place, Kingston, Australia

Canterbury Railway Society - Restores and operates steam, diesel, and electric locomotives, rolling stock, signaling equipment, and buildings at Ferrymead Heritage Park; Christchurch, New Zealand

Castledare Miniature Railway - 6km of 7-1/4" track with about thirty locomotives; Wilson, Australia

Christchurch Tramway - 2.5km heritage trams in Christchurch, New Zealand

Cooma Monaro Railway - Tourist railway based at Cooma Station in southern New South Wales, Australia

Council of Tramway Museums of Australasia - Forum for matters of mutual interest to transport museums in Australia and New Zealand

Daylesford Spa Country Railway - Operates historic diesel railmotors from Daylesford through the Wombat State Forest to Bullarto, Victoria, Australia

Derwent Valley Railway - Preserving the scenic Derwent Valley Railway as an operating tourist railway; New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia

Diamond Valley Railway - 7-1/4" gauge railway in Eltham Lower Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Don River Railway - Steam railway in Devonport, Tasmania, Australia

Dorrigo Steam Railway & Museum - Home to the largest collection of preserved railway vehicles and memorabilia from the various government and private railways of New South Wales; Dorrigo, NSW, Australia

Driving Creek Railway and Potteries - Narrow gauge mountain railway with a working pottery and wild life sanctuary; Coromandel, New Zealand

Federation of Rail Organisations of New Zealand - Provides coordination and leadership to the heritage and tourist rail industry in New Zealand

Fell Locomotive Museum - Houses steam locomotive H199, one of six engines designed for use on the Rimutaka Incline; Featherston, New Zealand

Fiordland Link Experience - Proposed three-stage journey in New Zealand linking Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu and Lake Te Anau, incorporating a catamaran, an all terrain vehicle, and a 41km monorail

Gisborne City Vintage Railway - Steam excursions from Gisborne, New Zealand

Glenreagh Mountain Railway - Goal to reopen part of the Glenreagh to Dorrigo Railway Line as a viable tourist attraction; Glenreagh, NSW, Australia

Goldfields Railway - 6.5km excursions between Waihi and Waikino, New Zealand

Great Southern Rail - Scenic rail journeys in Australia including The Indian Pacific (Sydney to Perth via Adelaide), The Ghan (Adelaide to Darwin), The Overland (Melbourne to Adelaide), and The Southern Spirit (Adelaide to Brisbane via Melbourne)

Heritage Express - Steam excursions operated by the NSW Rail Transport Museum

Hotham Valley Tourist Railway - Steam and diesel excursions and dinner trains from Dwellingup, Western Australia

Ida Bay Railway - 7km narrow gauge bush tramway in Lune River, Tasmania, Australia

Illawarra Light Railway Museum Society Ltd - Narrow gauge (610mm) museum operating restored steam and internal combustion powered locomotives from Austrlia's sugar cane and mining industries at Albion Park, approx 100km south of Sydney, Australia

Junee Roundhouse Museum - Steam and diesel locomotives on display at an operational roundhouse in Junee, NSW, Australia

Katoomba Scenic Railway - Steepest incline railway in the world climbs 415m through a cliff side tunnel and rainforest; Katoomba NSW, Australia

Kerrisdale Mountain Railway - Narrow gauge railway in north central Victoria, Australia

Kingston Flyer - 14km vintage steam train excursions from Kingston, New Zealand

Kuranda Scenic Railway - 105 minute rail journey from Cairns to Kuranda in Tropical North Queensland, Australia

Lachlan Valley Railway - Heritage museum and steam and diesel excursions; Cowra, NSW, Australia

Launceston Tramway Museum Society - Restores and operates trams in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park & Railway - Heritage railway exhibits in Lithgow, NSW, Australia

Loopline Tourist Railway - Presently out of service while being moved to Kalgoorlie, Western Australia

Mary Valley Heritage Railway - Steam excursions and rail motor tours from Gympie, Queensland, Australia

Mornington Railway - Steam and diesel excursions from Mornington, Victoria, Australia

Museum of Transport & Technology (MOTAT) - Operates the Western Springs Tramway in Auckland, New Zealand

National Railway Museum - Locomotives, rolling stock, equipment, model railroad, and 457mm gauge steam and diesel railway; Port Adelaide, South Australia

New South Wales Rail Transport Museum - Over 125 railway exhibits representing the development of the NSW railways from the late 1800s to present day; Thirlmere, NSW, Australia

Oamaru Steam and Rail - Steam railway in Oamaru, New Zealand

Ocean Beach Railway - Steam and diesel railway in Dunedin, New Zealand, operated by the Otago Railway & Locomotive Society

Pahiatua Railcar Society - Operational railway museum situated 2km west of Pahiatua, New Zealand

Pemberton Tramway - Operates steam excursions and diesel trams on a 57km route from Pemberton, Western Australia

Pichi Richi Railway - Operating heritage steam railway at Quorn in South Australia's Flinders Ranges; trains operate regularly on 20 miles of the oldest remaining section of the famous Old Ghan railway

Pilbara Railways Historical Society - Collection of locomotives, rolling stock, and railway equipment; Karratha, Western Australia

Plains Vintage Railway and Historical Museum - Museum and steam excursions over a 3km branchline; Tinwald, Ashburton, New Zealand

Pleasant Point Museum & Railway - Steam excursions from the quaint country town of Pleasant Point; South Island, New Zealand

Portland Cable Trams - Tram linking many of Portland's major tourism attractions; Portland, Victoria, Australia

Puffing Billy Railway - 24.5km operating steam railway; Belgrave, Victoria, Australia

Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway - Steam and diesel excursions near Ipswich, Queensland, Australia

Rail Australia - Alliance between Australia's major tourist-oriented rail operators, providing rail passes, bookings, and schedules

Ravenshoe Steam Railway - Steam excursions on the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland, Australia

Red Cliff Historical Steam Railway - 2km-long 610mm gauge steam railway; Red Cliffs, Victoria, Australia

Richmond Vale Railway Museum - Preserves railway and mining heritage and offers free steam train rides; Kurri Kurri, New South Wales, Australia

Savannahlander, The - Four-day train journey departs Cairns and travels through the Kuranda Range and rainforests on through the savannah to outback Australia

Seymour Railway Heritage Centre - Dedicated to preserving Victorian railway rolling stock in operating condition for mainline excursions; Seymour, Victoria, Australia

Shantytown - Park recreates an historic gold mining town with an operational steam railway; Greymouth, New Zealand

Silver Stream Railway - Preserved and operating steam locomotives in the Hutt Valley, New Zealand

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway - Glide through a rainforest canopy in Cairns, Australia

South Gippsland Railway - Historic diesel and railcar excursions along a section of former Victorian Railways mainline; Korumburra, Victoria, Australia

Southern Downs Steam Railway - Restoring a C17 steam locomotive for tourist operation; Warwick, Queensland, Australia

Steam Incorporated - Dedicated to the restoration to full working order of ex-New Zealand Government Railways locomotives and rolling stock for operation on the Tranz Rail-owned railway lines of New Zealand

Steamrail Victoria - Volunteer group dedicated to restoring and operating historic locomotives and rolling stock; Victoria, Australia

SteamRanger - Steam tourist railway in Mount Barker, Australia

Sydney Tramway Museum - Operates a fleet of trams from Sydney and abroad; Sydney, NSW, Australia

Taieri Gorge Railway - 77km diesel excursions through the rugged and spectacular Taieri River Gorge to Pukerangi or Middlemarch; Dunedin, New Zealand

Tasmanian Transport Museum - Museum exhibits railway locomotives, railmotors, carriages and wagons, trams, trolley buses, motor buses, stationary steam engines, and many other items of historical interest; Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Tenterfield Railway Station Museum - Preserved 1886 Victorian Gothic station in Tenterfield, NSW, Australia

Tokomaru Steam Engine Museum - Private collection of machinery belonging to Colin and Esma Stevenson, opened to the public in 1970; Tokomaru, Manawatu, New Zealand

Trains & Travel International - Operates luxury rail tours and railfan charters in Australia & New Zealand

Tramway Historical Society - Operates a tram at Ferrymead Heritage Park in Christchurch, New Zealand

Tramway Museum Society of Victoria - Preserves Victoria's urban tramway heritage in Bylands, Victoria, Australia

Tranz Scenic - New Zealand passenger rail company providing numerous train journeys including the Overlander, Northerner, TranzCoastal, TranzAlpine, and others

Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum - Preserves Blue Mountain railway heritage including steam locomotives, diesel locomotives, and rolling stock; Valley Heights, NSW, Australia

Valley Heights Steam Tramway - Steam tram and exhibits; Springwood, NSW, Australia

Victor Harbor Horse Drawn Tram - One of the very few horse-drawn tram routes remaining in public transit service; Victor Harbor, South Australia

Victorian Goldfields Railway - Operates steam excursions on the former Victorian Railways branchline between Maldon and Castlemaine; Victoria, Australia

Waitakere Tramline Society - 2-foot gauge passenger train on a line built in the early 1900's purely for the construction of the Waitakere Dam; Auckland, New Zealand

Waitara Railway Preservation Society - Operates a heritage tourist railway on a 7.2km branchline from Lepperton to Waitara, New Zealand

Walhalla Goldfields Railway - Heritage tourist railway on the goldfields of Gippsland, Australia

Wee Georgie Wood Steam Railway - Steam excursions in Tasmania, Australia

Weka Pass Railway - Vintage steam and diesel excursions on a 12.8km scenic line; Waipara, New Zealand

Wellington Tramway Museum - Historical displays in the tram barn and a 4km tram ride through scenic Queen Elizabeth Park; 45km north of Wellington, New Zealand

West Coast Wilderness Railway - Steam and diesel excursions between the mining town of Queenstown and the port of Strahan, Tasmania, Australia

Whangaparaoa Narrow Gauge Railway - 15" gauge steam excursions at Stanmore Bay, Hibiscus Coast, New Zealand

Whangarei Steam & Model Railway Club - Steam railway near Whangarei, New Zealand

Yarra Valley Railway - Trolley trains from Healesville to the Tarrawarra Winery, Victoria, Australia

Zig Zag Railway - Steam excursions on a switch-back railroad in the Blue Mountains; Lithgow, NSW, Australia

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