Researching Railway History
The following are sources which may be able to assist in researching historical information about the NSW Railways:
RailCorp Section 170 Heritage and Conservation Register: An online database of railway places including historical information, description, heritage significance and photographs.
State Heritage Inventory: An online database of NSW heritage places administered by Heritage Branch, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.
Australian Railway Historical Society - Railway Resource Centre: ARHS RRC holds a vast array of information including historical photos. It is a volunteer based organisation and a small fee will be charged for requested research. Phone: (02) 9699-2736. Address: 67 Renwick St, Redfern, NSW.
RailCorp Plan Room: The RailCorp plan room has historical plans of railway buildings and places on file. Copies of plans are subject to copyright approval and a fee will be charged for services.
Phone: (02) 8922 1408.
NSW State Records: Most of the previous State Rail Authority (now RailCorp) archival collection was transferred to State Records in 2000. For information on accessing railway records, and the types of records available:
For an online resource of historical photos:
RailNet: An online resource of current and historical photos.
Picture Australia: An online resource of historical photos (includes resources from the State Library of NSW, National Library, and other electronic archives).
NSW Rail Heritage website: Includes Thematic History of the NSW Railways.
Local Studies/ Historical Society: Many Local Councils provide an online search of historical images through their library website or Local Studies section. A Local Historical Society may also be able to provide historical information for a site. Please contact the relevant LGA Council for further information.
Family or Staff Records of Former Railway Employees: If you require information regarding 'Staff history cards' that are less than 30 years ago, please phone: (02) 8922 1313. Written requests to the following address will be required for access to records:
GIPA & Privacy Office, RailCorp
PO Box K349
Haymarket, NSW, 1238
'Staff history cards' from more than 30 years ago are kept at the State Records Western Sydney Records Centre. Phone (02) 9673 1788. Information on different options for how to access records can be found on the State Records as follows:
Option #1: A search option (not all history cards are currently in this system).
Option #2: Information on accessing railway employee records.
Option #3: Copy Service