My boys have been a little train obsessed since they were little. And they get a real kick going on miniature train rides, even now that they are 10 & 8yrs old. Definitely more than the normal size steam trains, which they actually found a bit noisy/ scary when they were little.

West Ryde Mini Trains
Mini trains in West Ryde, looking down from the overpass

Unfortunately we don’t visit them as often as we would like, mostly because I forget which ones are on what weekend until it’s too late. So to help other parents like me out, here’s a listing of the miniature train rides in Western Sydney. It’s sorted by when they are on in the month. Nearly all run one day a month throughout the year.

Nurragingy Miniature Railway
At the opening of the Nurragingy Miniature Railway in November 2019

Before setting off for some mini train fun, there are a few important things to be aware of:

  • You MUST wear enclosed shoes. You will not be allowed to ride the mini trains with open shoes, like thongs and sandals.
  • Steam engines are hot and emit smoke, steam and sometimes cinders. If you sit right behind a steam train engine, you are likely to get a little wet and may have cinders land on you. So best not to wear your favourite white shirt.
  • Sometimes due to fire bans, the steam train engines can’t run. In most cases they are replaced by electric engines but sometimes the mini train railway closes. Best to check the relevant Facebook page for updates.
  • The mini trains don’t usually run when it’s raining. Again, best to check the relevant Facebook page for updates.

Take a trip down history lane at this special and affordable look into Australian life over 200 years ago. Australiana Pioneer Village is only about 45mins north of Parramatta. There are mini trains called the Village Express that go around a small track. Plus the ride on, larger Pioneer Express, which goes around a larger section of the Village.

  • Opening Times: Every Sunday from 10am to 3pm, as well as Tuesday and Wednesday during school holidays (except January). Miniature train rides go from 11am to 3pm.
  • Entry Fee: $5 for adults, $3 for school ages kids
  • Train Rides: $2 per ride
  • Other Facilities: BBQ, picnic tables, toilets, cafes
  • Credit Card/ EFTPOS: Yes
  • Address: Rose Street, Wilberforce
  • Website | Facebook Page

2Western Sydney Live Steamers – Fairfield Showground | 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the Month

Mini trains have been running at Fairfield Showground since 1972. There’s just over 1km of ground level track and they operate 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month.

  • Opening Times: 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month (except January and October long weekend) from 10am to 3pm
  • Train Rides: $5 per ride
  • Facilities: There’s a large fenced off area that’s available for groups for up to 3hrs. It has BBQ tables, along with a fridge, sink and running water.
  • Address: Moonlight Rd, Prairiewood
  • Website | Facebook Page

3Blaxland – Wascoe Siding | 1st Sunday of the Month

The Wascoe Siding at Blaxland has been running for over 50 years. And is lots of fun with a tunnel and inner and outer tracks. I’ve ridden these mini trains pre-kids and really should take my boys up for the day sometime soon!

  • Opening Times: 1st Sunday of the month (except January) from 10am to 3pm
  • Entry Fee: $5 for adults and $2.50 for kids 4-16yrs
  • Train Rides: $4 per ride
  • Facilities: picnic grounds, canteen serving hot and cold food/ drinks, snacks and ice cream, outdoor picnic tables and undercover tables (that can be booked)
  • Credit Card/ EFTPOS: Yes
  • Address: 15 Grahame Street, Blaxland
  • Website | Facebook Page

4Bankstown Steam Locomotive Society | 2nd Saturday of the Month

Bankstown Steam Locomotive is a non-profit hobby society started over 50 years ago. There’s about 1100 metres of 5-inch gauge track to their railway in Ruse Park. In addition to mini steam trains, they have a collection of miniature diesel-electric locomotives and steam traction engines.

  • Opening Times: 2nd Saturday of each month (except January) from about 10:30am until about 2:30pm.
  • Entry Fee: not that we’re aware of
  • Train Rides: $3 per ride
  • Facilities: toilets, playground, BBQs. Bring a picnic rug as there’s no seating.
  • Address: Ruse Park, Hoskins Ave, Bankstown
  • Facebook Page | Website

5Galston Valley Railway | 2nd Sunday of the Month

You’ll find an extensive 5″ gauge miniature railway at Galston Valley Railway. The main-line is about 1km and, like Nurragingy Miniature Railway, it runs through lovely bushland. They have both steam and diesel miniature trains.

Note: You must pre-book entry tickets, available from the 1st of the month for that month’s running day.

  • Opening Times: 2nd Sunday of the month from 10am to 3pm
  • Entry Fee: $10 per adult to enter the site, kids are free
  • Train Rides: $3.50 per ride or all day pass $15 per person
  • Facilities:  Picnic tables (no bookings taken), sausage sandwich stall between 12pm and 1:30pm, DIY barbeques (wood supplied but must bring matches, firelighters and BBQ tools), tap water, canteen selling tea/ coffee, cold drinks, ice creams and lollies, display of small stationary models, toilets
  • Credit Card/ EFTPOS: Yes
  • Address: 29 Mid Dural Road, Galston
  • Website | Facebook Page

6West Ryde – Sydney Live Steam Locomotive Society | 3rd Saturday of the Month

Hidden amongst the trees behind Coles West Ryde, you’ll find three miniature train tracks with ride on mini steam trains. The Sydney Live Steam Locomotive Society has been at this site for over 60 years now, making it the longest running mini trains in Sydney from what we can tell. It’s a very popular spot for birthday parties, with a good amount of room to spread out a picnic rug or set up tables.

Note: You must now pre-purchase entry via their website and entry tickets are available for booking on the Monday of the week before their Running Day.

  • Opening Times: 3rd Saturday each month from 1.30pm to around 4.30pm
  • Entry Fee: $6 for adults and $3 for children
  • Train Rides: $2.50 per ride
  • Facilities: picnic grounds, tables, toilets, kiosk selling drinks, ice cream, cakes, chips and other snacks.
  • Credit Card/ EFTPOS: Yes, both
  • Address: Corner Anthony Rd and Betts St, West Ryde (behind Coles)
  • Website | Facebook Page

7Nurragingy Miniature Railway | 3rd Sunday of the Month

The full track is now operating at Nurragingy Reserve, opening 16th April 2023

This is the newest mini train railway in the list, opening in November 2019. On 16th April 2023, stage 2 of the track opened and is now 400m in length, with a train station. It’s set amongst lovely bushland at Nurragingy Reserve, which has a lot to offer families.

  • Opening Times: 3rd Sunday of the month from 10am to 3pm
  • Entry Fee: No entry to the railway site
  • Train Rides: $4 per ride
  • Facilities: toilets, picnic shelters and BBQs nearby. Plus within Nurragingy Reserve there are a number of playgrounds, water playground, kiosk and Chinese gardens with a waterfall.
  • Credit Card/ EFTPOS: Yes
  • Address: Nurragingy Reserve, best to enter via Woodstock Road, Glendenning for the mini trains. You can also enter via Knox Road, Doonside and then you’ll need to walk along the path between Currawong and Cockatoo Picnic Areas.
  • Website | Facebook Page

8Luddenham Model Park Railway | Last Sunday of the Month

Model Park has an extensive miniature railway system, with over 1200m of ground level track. It goes up and down hills, across bridges and through a tunnel.

  • Opening Times: Last Sunday of the month (except December) from 10am to 3pm.
  • Entry Fee: $20 per car
  • Train Rides: $3 per ride
  • Facilities: playground, BBQs, picnic tables and shelters, slot cars, remote control boats, planes and cars
  • Credit Card/ EFTPOS: No, cash only
  • Address: 869 Luddenham Rd, Luddenham
  • Website | Facebook Page

9A Day Out With Thomas – NSW Railway Museum

Calling all Thomas the Tank Engine fans! You’ll LOVE the Day Out With Thomas held a number of times a year at NSW Rail Museum. There’s lots of fun Thomas activities, as well as access to all of the museums exhibits.

  • Opening Times: weekends throughout the year. 2023 dates announced so far are 19th, 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th May.
  • Entry Fee: $30 for adults and $20 for children (2-17yrs)
  • Train Rides: Free unlimited rides with entry
  • Facilities: playground, grassed areas, cafe, toilets, rail museum
  • Credit Card/ EFTPOS: Yes
  • Address: NSW Rail Museum,10 Barbour Road, Thirlmere
  • Website | Facebook Page

Map of Mini Train Rides in Greater Sydney

Here is a Google Map showing the location of all the mini train railways in Greater Sydney as well as ones in cities nearby to Sydney.

Mini Train Rides in Cities Nearby to Sydney

If you’re looking for a day trip, here are some other miniature railways nearby to Sydney.