State Archives Collection
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Railways & railway workers
NRS 17420, Railway photographs
An introduction to our rich collection of photographs related to NSW's railways, including locomotives, carriages, gate houses, railway refreshment rooms, staff and stations
Railway employees guide
Employment with the Railways covered a large range of positions, including working as a driver, cleaner, engineer, draftsman, inspector, timekeeper, porter, ganger etc.
Railway employment records 1856-1917
The Index records the name, position, date of appointment and page number within the register. There are 763 entries
Railway records guide
A brief introduction to the collection, and how to access the records
Railway refreshment rooms guide
In New South Wales during the 19th century, passenger traffic was the largest single purpose for train journeys. As the rail system expanded across the State the journeys often involved passengers in several hours travel, making the provision and availability of refreshments an essential part of the trip.
Webinar: Railway records
An introduction to the wide variety of railway records in our collection