I went on a two-week museum crawl through Victoria and New South Wales with a buddy in mid-2014. We were passing through Junee, NSW, not expecting to stop when we passed a sign reading 'ROUNDHOUSE MUSEUM'. Both of us being of a mechanically inclined bent, this caught our attention and we doubled back to take a look. We were expecting to find a few rusty rails and an empty turntable pit. We found not just a pit, but a pit with a fully functioning turntable in it, with a fully functioning roundhouse around it! Not only that, it's the biggest roundhouse in the Southern Hemisphere!
The roundhouse is split pretty much in two, function-wise. Half is a railway museum, the other half is a railway workshop still being run as a commercial concern where locos and rolling stock are serviced and repaired.
The museum extends to the original offices of the roundhouse where an excellent display of railroad memorabilia is on show, including a very nice model railroad with a cute spotters list of curiosities to look for on the layout.
Housed in the roundhouse itself is a collection of locos and rolling stock, including steam locos, diesel-electrics and various carriages. Two of the rolling stock highlights for me were the original Post Master General mail carriage (an official Post Office on the move) and the WWII era steam crane left here when the Yanks went home.
You can walk through most of the carriages and admire the beautiful woodwork and even see inside a couple of the locos.
If you are a rail-fan at all, the Junee Roundhouse Railway Museum is must see if you are ever anywhere near it. Junee is located pretty much half way between Melbourne and Sydney and 2.75 hours west of Canberra.
To see a photo gallery of the pics I took while I was there in 2014, click on the picture below. There are also full walkaround galleries of a couple of the diesel-electric locos in the walkaround section of my site.
This page was last updated 14 February 2015