Tasmanian railways – Fact sheet 27

The National Archives in Hobart holds an extensive collection of records relating to railway activity in Tasmania. The records, which date from the late nineteenth century onwards, were created by Tasmanian private railway companies, the Tasmanian State Government railways prior to 1978 and the Commonwealth Government from 1978. The records are of value and interest to railway modellers, historians, genealogists and railway organisations. They form a part of Tasmania's records heritage.

The records

The records relate to a range of subject areas including:

  • the development of railways in Tasmania
  • rolling stock (locomotives, carriages and wagons) used on Tasmanian railways
  • ways and works
  • personnel
  • railway buildings

The records come in a range of formats including plans, files, volumes, registers, photographic negatives and index cards.

Availability of records

All the records described in this fact sheet which are more than thirty years old are available for public examination in the reading room of our Tasmanian Office.

Records may be examined in either original or microcopy format. Photocopies or microfiche printer copies of records can be purchased.

Railway maps and plans

These records include an extensive collection of maps and plans. They cover a variety of subjects including rolling stock, railway track and station layouts, railway station buildings and railway staff cottages.

In order to aid the preservation of original material many of the maps and plans have been microcopied and are available as microfilm, microfiche or aperture cards. Facilities to copy from these formats are available in the reading room. Duplicates of microcopied material can be purchased.

Locomotive plans

Locomotives for which plans are held include:

  • A/AB, B+, C, CC/CCS, C+, D+, E+ and K class steam locomotives
  • U and V class diesel mechanical locomotives
  • W class diesel hydraulic locomotives
  • X and Y class diesel electric locomotives
  • DP and SP railcars

Some major series of maps and plans records

Other records

The following series relating to railway employees, and of photographic material, may also be of interest.

Employee records

Photographic records

 Title or description of recordDate rangeSeries number
SeriesPublicity photographs, Tasmanian Government Railways1947–77P1300
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