Friends of Archer Park

The members of this group started volunteering for the Rockhampton Regional Council at Archer Park Station in 1992. After several name changes, they became the Friends of Archer Park Station & Steam Tram Museum Inc. in 2004. In 2014 they accepted the offer of a contract from Rockhampton Regional Council to operate the Museum and the Association is now responsible for all Museum and Rail operations at the facility.

Our Volunteer

Our Volunteers group is made up of Members of the Association as well direct volunteers, Centrelink workers and also a Work for the Dole project. Our volunteers come from all walks of life, including the local rail community.

The duties carried out on behalf of Rockhampton Regional Council include: restoring and maintaining the collection; Tram and Rollingstock Crew; Tour Guides, Ticket Officer, Refreshment Room Staff, Cleaners, Gardeners, Office helpers and many more fun and interesting jobs.

The Museum has a paid Coordinator, employed by the “Friends” to manage rail safety compliance and supervise all daily operations, and a Management Committee.

General meetings of the Friends will normally be at the Museum at 12:30 pm on the fourth Wednesday of every month.

We welcome your support and donations.

QLD 2016 Sustainability Award

The Archer Park Rail Museum in Rockhampton was announced the Winner of the Queensland 2016 Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards(GAMAA) for its outstanding achievement in the category of Sustainability: Organisations Volunteer Run for its project Revitalisation of Archer Park Rail Museum (see photo right). Details in press release.

Rail Heritage: Queensland & Beyond

The Archer Park Rail Museum and the Friends of Archer Park maintain links with other organisations in order to share experiences and promote rail heritage.

  • Archer Park Rail Museum on the Council web site.
  • Rockhampton’s Heritage Village on the Council web site.
  • Mount Morgan Historic RailComplex
  • ATHRA (Association of Tourist and Heritage Rail Australia)
  • COTMA (Council of Tramway Museums of Australasia)
  • Modelling the Railways of QLD Convention