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Australian Railway Historical Society NSW - Recollect




If you only see a small number of items, above, then you may not be logged-in.

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Welcome to the online repository of The Railway Archives, the largest collection of railway-related historical material in Australia. Whether you are a railway historian, modeller, or just like looking through our collection, you should find something of interest.

We will be progressively adding new materials, so if you can’t find what you’re looking for, get in touch with us.

To take full advantage of this site and its resources, a Society membership is recommended. You can join here.

Using the site

If you are new to our online site, detailed instructions on searching and narrowing your search are available here.

Copyright and permissions


You may print or download any of the low resolution digitised images that you purchase on this site and use them for the purpose of research or study. If you wish to use them for any other purpose, please declare your intention to publish.  We will let you know if you need to contact a copyright owner before you can use the image.

High resolution copies are only available for sale by contacting us directly at Once you have placed your order and declared how you will use the image, we will investigate the copyright status and let you know if you need to contact a copyright owner before we can fill your order.


Should you wish to publish material from The Railway Archives Collection, you will need to declare your intention to the Archives as custodian of the material. You will also need to obtain copyright clearance from the copyright holder(s) if the item is still in copyright. Please also provide an accompanying citation which acknowledges the Australian Railway Historical Society as custodian, and includes the name of the photographer and a collection number for the item.

Posting to social media is encouraged provided the source is correctly acknowledged.  A full citation is available for each image by clicking the "Citation" button  on the ribbon to the left of the image/asset.  Failure to comply could result in suspension of access to the site.