About Us

Established in 1945 the Australian Railway Historical Society, Victorian Division, Inc. has a proud history of over 60 years of catering for all who have an interest in the railway history of Victoria. We currently have a growing membership of over 750 throughout Australia and overseas.

We recognize that recording the continuing development and evolution of rail transport in our state is as much a part of its future history as events that occurred in the past 150 years.

To serve our members:

The ARHS(Vic)Inc supports the production of an extensive range of quality books recording a wide range of aspects of Victorian Railway history. A significant proportion of publications are supported by the resources of our archive and many of our authors are members of ARHS. Members are offered significant discounts on all new publications.

Our Sales Department is able to supply our members with both our own publications and a range of other current books. Sales are by mail order, on line, at Society activities, or at events where we are represented.

We conduct monthly entertainment meetings with guest speakers, film and video nights, items from our archives, photographic competitions and information segments designed to keep our members abreast of the latest means of pursuing their railway hobby.

In addition we conduct at least one regional meeting per year to provide a contact point for members living outside of the Melbourne metropolitan area, we also give priority to attending rail events, such as model railway exhibitions in regional centres.

Since 1962, ARHS Vic Div has operated the Railway Museum at North Williamstown. We are urgently working to achieve our goal of having the Museum relocated to an undercover site in the heritage listed East Block of the former Victorian Railways Workshops at Newport, thus giving Victoria a Rail Museum equal to the best world standards. Members receive free admission to the Museum.

We are actively seeking to expand and develop our Archives as a repository and research centre for those conducting genuine research into railway history. We will also carry out research for members and the general public on specific requests. To support the development of our archive this does attract a reasonable fee for service.

Our Film and Video Group is working to preserve moving visual images of the railway history of our State.

Our Sound Archive is also working to preserve the sounds of the past railway era by preserving recordings made by members and by our society in past generations.

Members can choose to subscribe to our own regular magazine and/or to “Australian Railway History”, produced monthly by ARHS New South Wales Division. In addition members also receive, by post, a monthly Members News Letter, or may choose to receive an electronic version by email distribution.

We operate rail tours, walking tours and visits to closed lines. These are advertised to members and friends, through the newsletters and on this website.

We would encourage you to become a member.