Collection Enquiries

Accessing the Archive

Our collections are open to the public by appointment. If you would like to make an appointment to visit the archive, please call the National Railway Museum on (08) 8341 1690 or contact the Curator and Business Manager.

Research Services

We are always happy to help with research related to rail in Australia. If you have a request about the railways, please contact the Curator and Business Manager. In our collection, we have photographs, drawings, diagrams, plans, historic records, books, magazines, tickets, locomotives and other rolling stock, timetables, oral histories, textiles and uniforms, railway paraphernalia, signalling equipment, and rail infrastructure.

As we are a fully self-funded, volunteer operated organisation we do charge for our services to assist us with our research, conservation and restoration work. Our initial research to locate information is free and we provide a quote before charges are made. Payments can be made by credit/debit card, cheque, by direct deposit, by Paypal or at the Bookshop.

For more information about our services and charges please download How The Museum Can Help You.

Railway Personnel Records

The Museum does not hold records relating to railway employees, we recommend that you contact the State Records of South Australia or the State Library of South Australia if you are looking for railway employee information. For a general overview on researching Australian railway employees please see the Railway Employees Leaflet.

Copies of Photographs and Documents

If there is an image or document in our collection that you would like a copy of, you can complete an Archive Research and Photographic Request Form. Our charges are all specified in the How The Museum Can Help You brochure. You will also need to complete a Reproduction Agreement Form and submit full payment before we can provide your item.

Visit the NRM

76 Lipson Street
Port Adelaide
South Australia  5015
Open Daily / 10am – 4:30pm





5-15 yrs & with an adult


2 adults & up to 3 children


  • Prices may vary for special events
  • EFTPOS is preferred payment method
  • Open from 12pm on ANZAC Day
  • Closed Christmas Day

Phone: 8341 1690

The National Railway Museum acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional owners and custodians of the Adelaide Plains. We honour and respect their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country. We aim to respect the cultural heritage, customs and beliefs of all Indigenous people.

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