History Festival / Transport Expo

Saturday 19 May & Sunday 20 May – Exhibition

Public Transport Expo’18 - National Railway Museum

As part of the State’s History Festival celebrations, the National Railway Museum has brought together a range of fascinating exhibits and entertainment, linked to public transport around Adelaide over the decades.

A special exhibition entitled “City Bound: A History of the Port Adelaide Railway Station” features a range of images and stories associated with the history of the Port Adelaide - Port Dock site since 1856.

A collection of privately owned and restored former Adelaide buses will be lined up and ready for inspection.  The owners will be happy to chat with museum visitors.

The well-respected SA Police Historical Society will have a small sample of its wonderfully presented vehicles from a ‘time gone by’.  Most involved from the group are either former or current police officers and will love having a talk….don’t be shy!

The iconic 1950s style Redhen railcars will be operating shuttle trips all day on both days. These railcars were visitors to the earlier Port Dock railway station, right through to its closure in 1982, and continued to operate around Adelaide until 1994.   Adults can ride on the Redhens for just $3, with children free!

Museum Executive Officer Bob Sampson said: “The museum is very chuffed to maintain and operate these historic vehicles, particularly on such an historic site – soon to be developed as part of the new Adelaide Metro railway extension and new station project, due for completion about April next year.”

Another gem, which will be fired up and running at the event, is the 99 year old Scottish built steam locomotive Peronne.  Originally destined for the War effort in Europe, Peronne made its way to South Australia in 1919 and was fully restored by railway museum volunteers in 1988.  Rides behind Peronne will be possible throughout the two day event, with only a $3 fee for adults with children at no charge.

And of course one of our visitors’ favorites, Bill our miniature green steam engine, will be taking visitors for rides around the huge site.  Everyone rides at no charge!

Media contact:

Bob Sampson – Executive Officer                                    0417 800 224 

National Railway Museum:                                                 www.nrm.org.au

Train Rides

  • Bub – no charge
  • Redhens – $3/Adult
  • Peronne – $3/Adult

Visit the NRM

76 Lipson Street
Port Adelaide
South Australia  5015
Open Daily / 10am – 4:30pm





5-15 yrs & with an adult


2 adults & up to 3 children


  • Prices may vary for special events
  • Open from 12pm on ANZAC Day
  • Closed Christmas Day

The National Railway Museum acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional owners and custodians of the Adelaide Plains. We honour and respect their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country. We aim to respect the cultural heritage, customs and beliefs of all Indigenous people.

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