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About ARHS/nsw

Origins of ARHS
On 19th May 1933, six enthusiasts met in Sydney and formed the Great Railway Circle of Australia. In May 1936 the name was changed to Australian Railway and Locomotive Historical Society and further changed to Australian Railway Historical Society in 1951.

Membership grew steadily and in 1945 a Division was formed in Victoria. Other Divisions were subsequently formed in the South Australia, Tasmania, Queensland, Western Australia and ACT.

Due to the increasing size and range of activities of the Society, separate companies were formed in each state to take over the assets and liabilities of the Divisions of the unincorporated Society, The Australian Railway Historical Society, New South Division, is a Company Limited by Guarantee. For membership details contact our Redfern office on (02) 9699 4595 or fax to (02) 9699 1714.

Aims and Objectives
These can be summarised as:

  • To enable people interested in the history and operations of railways and NSW tramways in Australia to associate with others with similar interests, for their mutual benefit and enjoyment
  • To encourage the study of Australian railways
  • To encourage the compilation of accurate records
  • To encourage preservation of historical artefacts
  • To arrange outings, tours etc
  • To produce publications and other records

Meetings & Tours
Monthly meetings, at which visitors are welcomed, are held in Sydney and Newcastle. These meetings usually feature a talk on a topic of railway interest, accompanied by a programme of films or colour slides.

The Society arranges outings to places of railway interest. Some of these excursions are by special train and arrangements are made for the passengers to record the outing on film and tape. Other outings are designed to give members and their friends the opportunity to enjoy travelling in a train and/or visiting areas of historical interest.

The NSW Division publishes the ARHS Australian Railway History (formerly Bulletin), the foremost record of Australian railway history. It is supplied to members each month as part of the membership subscription. Railway Digest, reporting day to day rail activities, is also published monthly. The Society also publishes and distributes books. Write or telephone the Bookshop for a current book and video list.

ARHS/nsw Bookshop (Phone 02 9699 4595 or fax 02 9699 1714)
The Society’s Bookshop operates at 67 Renwick Street, Redfern (as from Monday 3 March 2014) and is open between 10.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday and 9.00am to 4.00pm on Saturday (closed on public holidays). The shop stocks books, magazines, DVDs and CDs from Australia and overseas. These are sold at competitive prices, and financial members receive 10% discount on most books offered. There is an encrypted Shopping Cart facility. A reliable mail order service is also available (Visa and MasterCard only accepted).

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