The Museum and Displays

Click here for an illustrated list of the major exhibits in the Roundhouse Museum.

Junee Roundhouse is now home to steam locomotive 3609, representing a class of passenger locomotives which were often serviced in the Roundhouse through to the 1960s. 3609 was transferred by road from the Thirlmere Heritage Railway to Junee in January 2019. 3609 is part of the State-owned Movable Heritage Collection.

See our video about the return of 3609 to the Roundhouse and a history of the 36 class.

 

The Junee Roundhouse is one of few surviving, working railway Roundhouses in the Southern Hemisphere. It was the last steam locomotive depot built for New South Wales Railways.

It is also home to the only workable steam driven accident crane. Of a number built in America in the early 1940's, five were brought to Australia by the US Army Corps. With the end of the war, the NSW Government Railways (NSWGR) purchased two for railway use. Because the others were then classed as surplus to Army requirements, they decided to have the remaining three shipped back to USA by aircraft carrier.

These, however, were lost at sea just outside Sydney Heads. The other remaining crane is at the Dorrigo Steam Railway and Museum. Water Tank Wagon 1171 is also housed at the Roundhouse. It comprised part of the breakdown train, along with the breakdown van which is a wooden sleeping car that was converted to accommodate the breakdown crew whilst on the job. One end was used for sleeping while the other was for meals and a living area.

Another important part of our rail history can be found in the Mail Car. This was used to sort the mail whilst in transit. The van has separate racks for each town through which the train passed and shelving for parcels, and the end of the van was used for larger items.

On permanent display at the Roundhouse are several diesel locomotives, passenger carriages, two steam locomotives, a guard's van and a number of trikes.

 

Conditions of Entry to the Museum

Junee Roundhouse is an industrial site – it was not built for public access and is still used by the rail industry.

The safety of our visitors is our highest priority. Please observe the following conditions of entry to ensure a safe environment and the protection of our exhibits.

1) Stay within the Museum area inside and outside the Roundhouse and not enter Junee Railway Workshop land. As an active railway operation, Junee Railway Workshop is subject to the Rail Safety Act and severe penalties apply for trespassing.

2) Children must be kept under the supervision of a responsible adult at all times.

3) Running in the Roundhouse is strictly prohibited.

4) Climbing on exhibits is also strictly prohibited. Steps are provided for entry into many exhibits.

5) Appropriate footwear for protection against injury should be worn in the Roundhouse.