Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum

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    READY FOR TEDDY”....The “Teddy Bears Express” steams up in time for another busy day! Excitement? Too much to bear…..

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    A typical 1916 loco used to pilot mountains trains

    Australian built and used regularly for over 40 years & now open for inspection! NEW AUDIO LOOP. LISTEN IN AS “HARRY” & “CHARLIE” PREPARE

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    Three classic beauties in the roundhouse.

    Electric loco 4601 with two steamers from earlier times. Robert Stephenson No 2 steam loco from 1899 is used with an open-ended carriage for unlimited rides on selected Open Days.

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    “Roaring 20s and all that Jazz” festival hits town. Special happenings include: Period Dress competition, Model T cars, Morse Code demonstration, Jazz Band & more!

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    MRC milk van in NEPEAN MILK livery

    Fully restored to its former glory by 6,000 volunteer hours over 4 years. It used large ice blocks for cooling. Also suitable for meat transport up to several days.

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    Shadows on the past.

    Rays from the late autumn sun create shadows of lifting equipment on the smokebox door of a proud 19th century tank engine.

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    An historic stunner's restoration is complete!

    This carriage raced excited passengers across the Blue Mountains to Mt Victoria in the 1930/40s as part of the famous “Caves Express”. Next stop Jenolan! Inspect its First Class style!

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    Classic Sydney Steam Tram from the 1880s.

    The Heritage Listed Steam Tram takes excited passengers, young & old, for unlimited rides on selected Open Days (included in entry fee). Taken on the annual “Roaring 20s” weekend!

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    If you can't stand the heat....

    A volunteer feeds the hungry fire of the Steam Tram. A great spot in winter but the fireman’s lament in the warmer months!

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    Three ages at Valley Heights.

    Stephenson No2 huffs and puffs soon after major service. The mountains stalwart 4601 looks on while an electric interurban train climbs past the Museum, destination Lithgow.

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    Codebreaker needed!

    The legend on this 1914 hardwood roof support post in the roundhouse reads “TOP QTR RAIL L.H.” We know what it says, but what does it mean?

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    Meet the strongest loco in Australia in its day!

    UK built to NSWGR specifications, this powerful electric locomotive sounded the death knell of steam on the Mountains. This marvellous static restoration is open for inspection.

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    Early December sees Santa arrive on the Heritage Listed Sydney Steam Tram. Santa is available for a chat, photo opportunity and free gift for every child! Rides included!

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    The Valley Heights Mixed ready for action!

    “Stevo” heads the Valley Heights Mixed as it starts its 20 minute return trip, included in admission fees. Runs on selected dates (see website)


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!)







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Entry Fees

Adults: $15
Seniors, Pensioner & Student Concession: $13*
School Students: $11
Children (aged 4 and under): FREE
Family: $45 (includes: 2 Adults & 2 School Students or 1 Adult & 3 School Students) *(see website for conditions)

Getting There

17b Tusculum Road
Valley Heights, NSW 2777

Opening Hours



Museum Cafe

Serves a range of "Railway" pies! Cold & hot drinks, ice creams and cakes*

Sandwiches* & Espresso coffee*

*Subject to availability

Museum Shop

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.


Railway buffs, this one's for you.

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