Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum
Located on the site of the 1914 railway roundhouse in the lower Blue Mountains of NSW, the Museum has a focus on the fascinating history of the main western line. Many of the unique exhibits, both large and small, showcase the special relationship between the Depot and the community, and reveal the important role it played in the development of the state’s Central West.
At the Centenary celebration in early 2014, attended by both the Governor and Premier of NSW, several stunning exhibits were revealed to the public for the first time, including a 5m long model layout in HO scale of the Depot as it was in the 1950s, showing many features long since removed.
Also located here is the Steam Tramway & Preservation Society (STARPS) that operates a Heritage Listed 1880s Sydney Steam Tram & Tramcar for the enjoyment of passengers on selected Open Days.
On other occasions, visitors can ride in an open-ended 1890s “cowboy” carriage, hauled by a Robert Stephenson tank engine built in 1899. This quirky little steam loco has returned to the tracks for the 20-minute return trip within the Museum’s precinct (see website for details)
All rides are included in admission fees.
Of course the Museum’s 100% volunteer contingent is always hard at work on activities including the restoration of rolling stock, building maintenance, upkeep of grounds & gardens, and archiving historical documents. New members are always welcome (no skills required!)
Serves a range of "Railway" pies! Cold & hot drinks, ice creams and cakes*
Sandwiches* & Espresso coffee*
*Subject to availability
Browse our selection of railway DVDs, books and souvenirs. Pins, posters and more! WOODEN TOY LOCO KIT - ONLY $10. Popular new item, these unique METAL WHISTLES are MADE ON-SITE FROM GENUINE "DOG SPIKES"! $15 EACH OR 3 FOR $40
Wheelchair accessible toilet on site
This has been designed to entertain children of all ages, but especially 5 to 15 year olds! Ten interesting questions can be answered whilst wandering round the Museum, with a customised map included! Answers are available on the Museum's website, and a personalised certificate of achievement can be downloaded to print at home! QUESTIONS UPDATED REGULARLY.
Contact & Visit
17b Tusculum Road
Seniors, Pensioner & Student Concession: $14
Children (aged 5-16 incl): $12
Children (under 5): FREE
Family: $50 (includes: 2 Adults & 2 Children or 1 Adult & 3 Children)
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
2nd & 4th Sunday of each month - EXCEPT December/May (*WEEKDAY VISITS FOR SCHOOL OR SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS CAN BE ARRANGED WITH MINIMUM 4 WEEKS NOTICE*