The Illawarra Trainworks is one of Australia’s largest rail experience and is a fantastic attraction for families, rail enthusiasts and the curious traveller alike.
Trainworks is a 5-hectare rail corridor site with a fascinating collection of locomotives, rail artefacts, history and of course, working trains, all owned by the state of New South Wales.
Located in Thirlmere which is around 90km from Sydney, the Trainworks museum is one of the main features of the area.
Thirlmere itself is a fantastic spot for the museum, it was a town forged with the coming of the Great Southern Railway in 1863 to 1867 when a large tent city was erected to house the railway workers.
This significant rail collection includes over 100 rolling stock items associated with the rich history of railways in NSW.
Take the beautiful heritage train along the scenic route from Thirlmere Station to Buxton and return. Experience a true steam train and see what life and travel was like for those of yesteryear.
Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends also visit Trainworks three times a year and there’s plenty of stuff to keep the little ones entertained year round, check their website for more detailed info on Thomas.