Archer Park Rail Museum

Archer Park Rail Museum, Rockhampton

Archer Park Rail Museum - Rockhampton
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Seymour, Austrália47.496 contribuições
Archer Park Station opened to the public in December 1899, built to a design by Henrick Hansen, a Queensland Rail architect. This was the second station that I visited of the same design, the first I had visited was Mount Morgan. Initially the trains from here only serviced local areas...such as the beautiful seaside town of Emu Park... but later the Brisbane-Rockhampton Line was established in 1903. As many as 25 trains a day passed through this station in its heyday.

In 1970 everything drew to a halt when the decision to withdraw the rail service was made the year before.

However, let me digress a little here... In 1904 J.D.Bogie, the Station Master, came on duty at 05:30, despatched two trains... found time to eat breakfast, then shot himself. His motivation according to the suicide note was financial problems... those financial problems didn't stop him from purchasing a new shotgun for his suicide.

Railway employees will often gather and share stories after working in the rail industry ... these stories often can't be shared due to their bizarre nature...as you can imagine, it's a focal point for many lives so thus comes the unusual happenings.

I visited this museum on a day that the tram was running which is a quaint experience... the line is not very long, and with the manual signalling when out of the station ... it's clear why a quieter day like a Sunday was chosen to run these. I really enjoyed my time here.
Feita em 30 de julho de 2022
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Lorraine L
Tarwin Lower, Austrália2.750 contribuições
We loved this museum, it isn't huge but very well set out. The building and interiors are in good repair, the engines and carriages were in excellent condition and the displays were all very interesting. They have ghost like statues dotted around the platform and offices that tell their own story of the times the station was active. Our favourite though was the short ride we took on the steam tram. Rates are very reasonable for this exhibit.
Feita em 2 de maio de 2022
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Therese L
Canberra, Austrália286 contribuições
We visited the Museum on a drizzly, overcast Wednesday morning and were very glad we did. Located in the former Archer Park railway station, itself an attractive historic building, the museum only has a couple of restored locos and a restored tram. Nevertheless, it has been very well done with life size figures on the platform, in the signal room, old team room, and ticket office. It is immaculately maintained by the team of volunteers and has many railway artefacts, photos and history/information boards on display. There are lots of photo opportunities for shutterbugs. Highly recommended.
Feita em 24 de abril de 2022
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Andy G
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Família
Advertised as open, closed. This is peak vistor season. We travelled 6 hours, what a disappointment. Don't trust TripAdvisor or their website.
Feita em 28 de dezembro de 2021
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Karen M
Brisbane Region, Austrália19 contribuições
This was a fascinating morning and tour with a guide who was a train driver himself. The tour was interesting and the guide had a lot of knowledge and a good sense of humour.
Feita em 26 de novembro de 2021
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OrderintheHouse
Brisbane2.410 contribuições
I had occasion to attend an important lunch event in Rockhampton in June 2021 and took the opportunity to enjoy a few days stay in Rockhampton to see a number of excellent tourist attractions.

How fortunate that I had a free day on a Sunday in Rockhampton to include a visit to the outstanding Archer Park Railway Museum in Denison Street between Archer and Cambridge Streets, because on each Sunday the Museum has the world’s only working Steam Tram operating for a few hours. The ride takes place on 1.1 kilometres of isolated tram track between Albert Street and Fitzroy Street running parallel to the main line on Denison Street. There is believed to be one other fully restored steam tram in a Paris Museum; however it is only a static display.

The Museum is based around the former, fully restored, ornate Archer Park Railway Station and this is an outstanding historical attraction in itself. Built in 1900 to serve major centres on the Central Line, including Mt Morgan, Archer Park is a fine piece of Victorian design function incorporating facade features. It was designed by leading Queensland Railways Architect, Henrik Hansen, who is attributed with the designing of other historic Railway Stations at Mt Morgan, Emerald, Longreach, Shorncliffe and South Brisbane. The large curved roof covering the tracks and platform which is a feature here at Archer Park is a Hansen innovation. The Queensland Railways decommissioned Archer Park as a working Railway Station in February 1970.

There are some fabulous railway exhibits in the Museum including ‘walk in’ historical train carriages (including JCS Sleeping Car 1007 dating back to 1921 and used on the Brisbane to Cairns line), nicely restored steam engines (including the Brown Bomber C17 988 built in Maryborough in the 1950s) and an array on interesting railway rolling stock. A ‘must see’ are the extensive displays in the Station Master’s Office including old kerosene lamps, railway tickets, railway conductor’s uniforms, old railway timetables, a well preserved ticket cabinet, assorted railway signage, old railway clocks and other interesting railway memorabilia.

A really innovative feature of the Museum are the life-like mannequins located on the main platform portraying a range of reality situations of station life in the 1930s, such as families going on holiday, wartime couples saying goodbye, an old man with a walking stick playing the piano accordion on a railway seat or the railway workers in the Station Master’s Office. The mannequins are made with real clothes, sprayed with a hardening resin then painted with car body paint. An added feature bringing these mannequins to life is the state-of-the-art digital soundscape accompanying each exhibit. One of the really moving soundscapes is the one involving the wartime couple saying goodbye- so sensitively handled.

However, the ‘jewel in the crown’ on a Sunday visit to the Museum has to be the working Purrey Steam Tram. In 1908 the Rockhampton Council purchased four steam trams from Bordeaux in France to build a city tramway. The trams were made by Valentin Purrey and were in operation in Rockhampton from 1909 to 1939 with nine tramcars and six trailers in the fleet. After the trams' decommissioning in 1939 they were left abandoned on various farm properties. Tram and train enthusiast found several remains of these abandoned vehicles in 1986 and the council and businesses got parts and faithfully rebuilt a complete working tram unit mostly from what they had found out in the bush. The first tram rides took place in 1988. It really is a remarkable story and how wonderful that Rockhampton has something so unique – the only working steam tram still running anywhere in the world. That is just so awesome and reason alone why visitors must try to visit this Museum on a Sunday. I thoroughly enjoyed my ride on this restored tram.

A visit to the room in the Museum devoted exclusively to all aspects of the history of the Steam Tram and how it functioned and its trials and tribulations in its 30 year period of operation is a must. Visitors will gain a keener insight into the importance of this tram experience by visiting this room.

You need to devote several hours to see all the exhibits here at the Museum. The volunteer staff who man the place are highly dedicated and very informative and they go out of their way to be helpful to visitors. We owe these people a huge debt of gratitude for their dedication to wanting to maintain this important aspect of Australia’s history – the golden era of the railway and the short reign of the Rockhampton Steam Trams.

If visitors have time a visit to the Railway Refreshment Room at Archer Park is worthwhile to get some refreshments. I decided to have their Devonshire Tea of tea and scones and jam and cream. It’s a truly fabulous room complete with one of those ‘life like’ mannequins at a piano playing a range of old favourite tunes. The piano being played by the mannequin was built in 1863 and restored in 2000. The Refreshment Room was an ‘add on’ to the original station in 1907.

I was so thrilled to have had the opportunity to visit this wonderful attraction in Rockhampton and to enjoy the unique experience of taking a ride on the only working steam tram in the world.

For me Archer Park has to be one of the best railway museums I have visited anywhere. I encourage visitors to Rockhampton not to miss it.
Feita em 18 de novembro de 2021
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Kevin P
Cooroy, Austrália250 contribuições
Casais
Very interesting. Well presented exhibits and good explanations. Staff very helpful. Would have been nice to see more engines and rolling stock, but it is a small museum. Good value for the small entrance charge. Allow up to 2 hours, but no more time needed.
Feita em 12 de outubro de 2021
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Goannas
Comet, Qld1.662 contribuições
We'd been trying to get to this museum for ages but we were always in Rocky at the wrong time. This time it worked for us.
The museum, displays and restored locomotives and carriages are well presented and well maintained with loads of interesting information. Lots of memorabilia from days gone by, fun models scattered around the site which seem to have motion sensors as they talk as you go past. It took us a few moments to find the cat.
The steam tram, its ride and its history were enjoyable and interesting.
Volunteer attendants were only 2 willing to help and chat about the displays.
Great outing for families for a couple of hours. Kids will love it.
Feita em 21 de setembro de 2021
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Karen
8 contribuições
Casais
Wow this is an amazing tourist attraction and so cheap. Very helpful staff and the restoration of the tram and the carriages was fantastic. Brings back childhood memories.

This attraction is a must do
Feita em 26 de julho de 2021
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RondaAnn
Queensland, Austrália51 contribuições
Casais
So disappointed, we are in the city for 1 day, trying to walk the city and see what we can. Got to museum at 2.45pm and they shut the doors! Told them it was not suppose to shut until 3pm, he said sorry come back Sunday, didn’t care! Would really have liked a look around, would have been happy to pay for a short visit! Don’t Rockhampton cater for tourists????
Feita em 15 de julho de 2021
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  • Seg - Qui 10:00 - 15:00