Semaphore Steam Train Rides | Semaphore to Fort Glanville Tourist Railway | September to April

Semaphore Steam Train – fun family train ride from Semaphore to Fort Glanville and back.

The Semaphore to Fort Glanville Tourist Railway is an enjoyable 30 minute, four kilometre return journey travelling along the picturesque sand dunes in open carriages pulled along behind a steam engine.

Operated by the National Railway Museum, the 2km long 457 mm gauge railway from Semaphore to Fort Glanville departs from the foot of the Semaphore jetty at the end of the popular Semaphore Road cafe strip.  The train then runs parallel along the Esplanade and the sand dunes of one of Adelaide’s most popular swimming beaches, before passing through the dunes near historic Fort Glanville at Point Malcolm.


Operating Times:

  • Every Sunday and Public Holiday from end of September to end of April (inclusive)
  • Daily during the September & April school holidays EXCEPT Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Daily from and including 26 December to the end of the January school holidays

Steam trains depart between 11am and 4pm, roughly every hour or at frequencies varied according to demand.


  • Adult | $10
  • Child | $5 (3 years to 15 years)
  • Under 3 years – free
  • Family | $25 (2 adults + 2 children)

Please Note:

Tickets for the Semaphore and Fort Glanville Tourist Railway do not include admission to the National Railway Museum (and vice versa) and are sold exclusively from the train.  The Semaphore and Fort Glanville Tourist Railway does not operate if the forecast temperature for Adelaide is 36 degrees or higher on the morning of operation.

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For more fun around Semaphore:


For the best spots to see trains around Adelaide, see Play & Go’s Train Guide

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the Semaphore SA website or the NRM website.

What Semaphore Steam Train 

WhenEnd of September to end of April (see operating days & times above)

Where: Foreshore Reserve | The Esplanade, Semaphore

Who: Everyone

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

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