Trainworks is Australia's largest rail experience. The 5-hectare rail corridor site and much of the collection is owned by the state of New South Wales.
Trainworks is located in Thirlmere - approximately 90km from Sydney - and is one of the main features of the village. Thirlmere, like many towns, was born with the coming of the Great Southern Railway in 1863 to 1867, when a large temporary tent city grew up to house the railway workers. The Thirlmere section of the Main Southern Railway was deviated in 1919.
Today, Trainworks houses a significant rail heritage collection, including over 100 rolling stock items, associated with the history of the railways in NSW. Every Sunday there is a heritage train ride available to visitors from beautiful Thirlmere Station to Buxton, and return. Pick a Sunday between March and November and enjoy an exhilarating steam train trip. Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends also visit Trainworks three times a year – check their website for more details!