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Railway Museum
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P508 on display at Bassendean in April 2006
Established 1974
Location Railway Parade, Bassendean Western Australia
Type Railway museum

The Railway Museum, also known as the Rail Transport Museum, is situated in Bassendean, Western Australia. It is run by the Western Australian division of the Australian Railway Historical Society (ARHS), which is called Rail Heritage WA.

In the early days of operation it had in places been known as the Western Australian Rail Transport Museum, and more recently, Rail Transport Museum. On the internet and social media, it has been referred in variants with qualifiers of the location name such as the Bassendean Rail Museum and Rail Heritage Museum Bassendean.

The standard name is currently utilised as the Railway Museum.


It has the most comprehensive collection of heritage steam locomotives and rolling stock in Western Australia. It was originally developed in 1969, and officially opened in November 1974 by the Western Australian Minister for Transport Ray O'Connor.


Various annual events have been held over time:

  • Steamfest
  • Railfest, which has included active steam and diesel displays
  • Annual open days

It is also the location of the West Australian Model Railway Club.

It has a related museum in Boyanup - the South-West Rail and Heritage Centre.

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