What we do

Transport Heritage NSW is a not-for-profit, member-based organisation focused on delivering in the following four areas.


We manage a portfolio of primarily rail heritage assets owned by the NSW Government on behalf of Transport for NSW.

Watch this video with Chris Fielder from our Heritage & Collections team.


We operate two public rail heritage attractions: NSW Rail Museum and Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum.

Watch this video with Volunteer Museum Guide, Marian Whatman.


Delivering major events, heritage train experiences and education programs at the NSW Rail Museum and throughout NSW. 

Watch this video with one of our Life Members, Leon Rudd.


We provide a leadership role in delivering a range of support services to the heritage transport sector on behalf of the NSW Government.

Watch this video with Sydney Tramway Museum Director, Scott Curnow.


While THNSW is a not-for-profit organisation, we're funded by the NSW Government through three annual funding streams to ensure public access and enjoyment, ongoing care of our heritage assets and support for the wider heritage transport sector.



THNSW conducts activities from a number of sites throughout NSW:

  • Direct Custody Sites (Owned by NSW Government)

    • NSW Rail Museum Complex at Thirlmere​

    • Valley Heights Locomotive Depot

  • Leased Spaces

    • Head Office, Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh​

    • Locomotive 3801 Workshop, Chullora

    • Picton - Mittagong Loop Line

  • Residual Sites (Owned by NSW Government) 

    • Large Erecting Shop, Eveleigh​

    • Paint Shop, Eveleigh

    • 'The Igloo', Chullora

    • Broadmeadow Locomotive Depot

Through the Master Custody Management Agreement (MCMA) and Subsidiary Custody Management (SCMA) arrangements, THNSW has oversight of a number of key sites throughout NSW. These are directly managed by local custodians and include:

  • Finley Railway Yard (Finley Pioneer Railway)

  • Cooma Station Yard and part of the Cooma Goods Yard (Cooma Monaro Railway)

  • Tenterfield Railway Yard (Tenterfield Railway Station Preservation Society Inc.)

  • Porters' Room Wagga Wagga Railway Station (Wagga Wagga Rail Heritage Association)

THNSW also operates its heritage rail passenger services on the broader rail network throughout NSW and interstate, including:

  • Sydney Metropolitan Rail Network, provided by Sydney Trains

  • NSW Country Regional Network, provided by John Holland and the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC)

  • Queensland, Victorian and South Australian rail networks