The Railway Museum

The Railway Museum, Bassendean: Address, Phone Number, The Railway Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

The Railway Museum
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Comprehensive museum of Western Australian railways. Outdoor display under main roof includes locomotives, carraiges and wagons. Indoor display includes numerous photos and small exhibits. Model railway operates on Sundays.
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Andrew
Perth, Australia317 contributions
Nov. 2020 • Solo
I have lived only a mile or so from the museum for years, but it has been while since my last visit, and the first time I have written a review.

There is a lot to see with the museum having the largest collection of heritage steam engines, diesels, rolling stock, and other railwayania in Western Australia.

Many of the steam and diesel locomotives are available to climb onboard the footplate, get a driver's view and imagine the power these engines had. Then have a walk through a variety of interesting rolling stock including sleeping, buffet, gold bullion transport, and shower cars. One in particular is the 1951 Vice Regal Coach with its luxury fittings built for Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mothers' visit to Perth in 1953.

The museum is also home to the West Australian Model Railway Society, which have their trains running when the museum is open, they also have a snacks, cool drinks and ice creams available.

As of writing the museum is open Wednesday's and Sundays between 1pm and 4pm, and there are extended times during school holidays. For prices, full details, and contacts see their Website, just google "West Australia Heritage Transport Museum Bassendean WA".

Drew_22au
Written 1 December 2020
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Murray J
Perth, Australia168 contributions
Oct. 2020
Sunday 11 October was a special day with more than the usual exhibits of old steam locomotives and dining cars. There were stalls selling books and back copies of magazines on railways and model railways, plus a wood turning demonstration, plus a Thomas the Tank Engine bouncy castle for the kids. The WA Model Railway Club put their model train layout on display. And there was a sausage sizzle going as well. All in all, a great family day out.
Written 19 October 2020
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m_hubbard2000
Folkestone, UK6 contributions
Dec. 2019
I visited with my parents and my 5 year old son. We first had a very interesting chat with one of the volunteers who was acting as a guide before moving on to investigate the museum. My son loved being allowed to go on the various sizes and types of trains and carriages and was particularly impressed to meet Thomas the Tank Engine, so much so we had to bribe him to leave!

This is such an underrated attraction, I firmly recommend a visit when you visit Perth.
Written 3 January 2020
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Hel Elizabeth
Perth, Australia65 contributions
Nov. 2019 • Family
We had three generations of us attend The Railway Museum and what an adventure! The hands on ( climb in and on) nature of some of the exhibits kept the little ones interested - even making up their own little adventure stories as we wandered around all of the trains and paraphernalia. My mum who is a massive train lover was also transfixed at the history and tactile nature of it all. A really affordable, interested and slightly quirky way to spend an afternoon ( or morning ) in Bassendean.

Super handy location, less than fifteen minutes from the CBD by car and with- of course- a super convenient train station right nearby.

Due to the nature of the exhibits and the age of some of it, accessibility could be an issue for some but the team there are super accomodating and I’m sure would do what they could to assist.

Definitely recommend
Written 6 November 2019
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UpnawayAustralia
Australia86 contributions
Sep. 2019
Visited the Railway Museum with our daughter and her two small children, the elder child loving everything “train”. I only went along initially to help with the younger child but was pleasantly surprised at how much I thoroughly enjoyed our two and a half hours at the museum. The museum has something for both young and old. I found it all extremely interesting. There are old steam and diesel locomotives and carriages that you can access. Our older grandson thought he had died and gone to heaven! For me, I found the historic photographs and railway memorabilia of great interest. Our younger granddaughter squealed with delight watching the miniature trains. All in all, it was a very enjoyable experience. Even if you are not a train buff you will enjoy this museum. I would like to commend all the volunteers who make this museum possible. I would also like to commend the museum for the affordable entrance fee not only for pensioners but for families.
Written 2 November 2019
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Peter M.
1 contribution
Oct. 2019
The museum premises appeared well-maintained with the bulk of the exhibits under cover. A good selection of old steam, diesel locomotives, carriage and special goods stock formerly use by the West Australian Government Railways was on display with safe access to some of them. Maintenance of the exhibits was good with evidence of work in progress. A considerable range of interesting railway ephemera, memorabilia, historic photographs and pictures was exhibited. Signage throughout was adequate and informative. The entire operation is a credit to the loyal and industrious group of volunteers whose enthusiasm for maintaining this aspect of Western Australia's history deserves to be applauded. The weather was fine on the Open Day (06/10/2019) which was well attended with a large number of young children adding a festive atmosphere, itself a pleasant experience. Many thanks to the museum staff for making the overall visit a pleasure. The museum deserves a wide public support.
Written 20 October 2019
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tranzactnow
Perth, Australia746 contributions
Sep. 2019
It is fantastic that a dedicated group of volunteers keep the history of Western Australia Government Railways alive with this magnificent collection of older locomotives and carriages. The old Australind, the Royal Carriage, sleeper carriages and many many engines make this a most interesting place to visit on a Sunday afternoon. Recommended fof anyone with an interest in trains. Children will have a great time climbing aboard.
Written 15 September 2019
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Damo M
95 contributions
Aug. 2019
Even if your not a train buff, this is a great place to have a look around. The kids love trains and the parents have enough to keep us occupied while you walk around, it was great seeing the old trains from when I was a kid.
Written 25 August 2019
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Errol d
Stellenbosch, South Africa11 contributions
May 2019
This is a very interesting place to visit to see the details of a bygone era when train travel was very widespread.
Written 3 July 2019
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DJ11
Perth Hills, Australia770 contributions
Mar. 2019 • Family
We visited here on a family outing recently and had a great time – you don’t have to be an enthusiast to enjoy it! Opening times are limited but then it is volunteer run. It is a great days outing and for a small fee entrance as well. The blokes at the desk were super friendly and helpful. I honestly didn’t expect to see so many huge steam engines and carriages and all so well preserved too, those involved have done such a great job.
Written 5 March 2019
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