Illawarra Light Railway Museum
Families will enjoy a visit to the Illawarra Light Railway Museum and taking that trip back in time to the good old days of railways. The kids will love taking a ride on a miniature train, being in the open air and whizzing along the track. They can also take a seat in the restored historical carriage while the big steam or diesel locomotive hauls them out of the station, chugging along the track through the bushland setting, passing by the platform where they can wave to the people on the platform. Food sales are available in the tramway dining car or visitors can bring their own picnic lunch using the picnic tables provided within the picnic grounds while the kids enjoy the playground equipment. Arriving at the museum take a tour of the historical buildings and the locomotive shed is a must see for all.
The museum running days with train rides are on the second Sunday and the fourth Saturday of each month, from 10am to 3:00pm. On running days steam, diesel locomotives operate and the miniature train. The museum is opened in school holidays and also the museum has night time train rides.
The museum is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays for visitor’s a fee is required for a guided shed tour of the ILRMS locomotive shed that houses the bulk of the collections, note that these are our working days and public inspections are welcome.
As a safety requirement, persons wishing to have a guided locomotive shed tour or travel on the miniature train ride must wear enclosed footwear.
The Illawarra Light Railway Museum Society Limited is volunteer operated and was founded in 1972 and volunteers started constructing the museum at the current site at Albion Park NSW in 1974, the Societies charter is to collect and restore items of historical significance from light railways operations such as locomotives and rolling stock from tramways, coal mines and Australia’s sugar Cain industry.
The museum has local historical railway buildings including the 1915 signal box from Otford the building has been restored to how it was at Otford in its working life and many other collections.
The Tramway Dining Car that is a converted former NSWGR LFA passenger car is opened for light refreshments and souvenir sales on running days.
School educational visits are a specialty and are very welcomed. Other group visits such as seniors and motoring clubs can also be arranged. The museum site which includes the parkland setting, playground equipment and bbq areas are available for hire for private functions such as Christmas Parties, Weddings or Social Club functions.
The shelters in the picnic area can be reserved on running days for groups. Book ahead to avoid disappointment! You can also show your support for the Illawarra Light Railway Museum by becoming a member or volunteer!
Hours: 10:00am - 2.:30pm Tuesdays & Thursdays for inspections. Train rides 2nd Sunday of each month-10am to 4pm. The museum is closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.