ARHS Railway Museum, Williamstown

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The Railway Museum has on display the largest collection of Victorian Railways steam locomotives. There are more than 15 different locomotives, ranging from the diminutive F class up to the H class, the largest locomotive to operate in Victoria. Come and see the evolution of steam power on the railways.

In the days before mobile cranes, the Victorian Railways had their own. On display you will find 3 examples of steam cranes including No. 19, a 60 ton crane used at derailments.

The 1950s heralded the era of the diesel locomotives. Cleaner and more efficient, the early diesel locomotives quickly displaced the steam locomotives from regular service. Now displaced themselves by more powerful locomotives, the ground breaking diesel locomotives are now on display in the Railway Museum too.

Other equipment on display includes electric locomotives, suburban and country passenger carriages, guards vans and a selection of freight wagons.
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  • The Australian Railway Historical Society (ARHS) Museum is well worth a visit. There is lots of old engines and rolling stock. If you like old trains you will like this. By the way, it is often...  more »
  • I can still vaguely remember visiting my Grandma in the country in a train pulled by a steam engine. Working steam trains are rare these days. You can relive those days in the Railway Museum, where....  more »
  • The guys are so knowledgable and lovely. Great for kids. Thanks volunteers, you do a great job
  • A detailed, descriptive array of railway history in Victoria. Staffed by enthusiastic volunteers who are very informative. Well worth the visit

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