Explore Railway History

The Railway Archives is managed by The Australian Railway Historical Society.

The Railway Archives is at the heart of what the Society is all about.  Staffed by volunteers, the Archives is a treasure of original railway documents, engineering drawings, photographs, film, sound recordings, manuals, timetables and reports as well as a vast amount of material written about so many aspects of railways in Australia since the Society began in 1933.

The Railway Archives is now part of our spectacular new premises at 5 Henderson Road, Alexandria. Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are not open to public visitors for the time being; but please call or e-mail if you would to make a research enquiry. Many enquiries can be addressed by e-mail or telephone.

Access to The Railway Archives is free for members; a $15 charge applies to non-members.

We are working to develop a dedicated site where a large proportion of the material most useful to researchers, historians, modellers and enthusiasts will be available online, for the first time, at moderate cost.  Please check the site regularly for updates on the launch or become a member to receive regular updates.

Volunteering at The Railway Archives

If you have any of the following skills and would like to help with our work at the RRC, please get in touch with The Archives Manager on 02 9699 2736.

  • Computer skills in Microsoft Excel, Word or Access
  • Data entry and data analysis
  • Image and document scanning
  • HTML and web editing
  • Photoshop, Lightroom or Illustrator for photo enhancement
  • Archiving or museum/gallery experience
  • Enthusiasm and interest in the subject
    • Do you live in western Sydney?
      Would you like to be involved in one of our most important projects? We are seeking volunteers to help at the State Archives at Kingswood, to assist in scanning the Reference Photo Collection, previously held by the SRA. The work is not difficult but your help would be very much appreciated! Training is provided. If you’re interested in finding out more, contact us on (02) 9699 2736.

      Why would I volunteer?
      We have a huge quantity of photographs, drawings and documents that need sorting or cataloguing, scanning, editing or conserving. Volunteering is a great way to see some of these precious items first hand. You can feel proud to be working on improving and growing this amazing collection that tells the story of railways in New South Wales.

    Historic Notes on the Beirut-Tripoli Railway
    with particular attention to the Australian contribution
    Knowles Beirut to Tripoli
    Royal Engineers Journal June 1952