Semaphore to Fort Glanville Railway Steam Train Rides | Review

Semaphore Trains

Semaphore Train Rides – Semaphore and Fort Glanville Tourist Railway

The Semaphore and Fort Glanville Tourist Railway is a scenic 2km long 457mm gauge railway operated by the National Railway Museum.

Steam locomotive No.6 ‘Bill’ pulls open carriages and his waving passengers and travels along parallel with The Esplanade and the sand dunes.  The view from the train overlooks Semaphore’s beautiful swimming beaches before passing through the dunes near historic Fort Glanville at Point Malcolm.

Semaphore Trains

Semaphore Trains

The train can be boarded from the Semaphore Jetty Railway Station located on the Semaphore Foreshore near the foot of the jetty.

On returning to the station you can also watch the train be unhooked from the carriages before being manually turned around and re-attached to head off again in the right direction.   It’s a fun, relaxing ride for the whole family.

Semaphore Train Station

Semaphore Trains

Semaphore Trains: Hours of Operation

The railway operates:

  • Every Sunday and Public Holiday from October to April (inclusive)
  • Daily during school holidays in September/October and April (except Tuesdays and Thursdays)
  • Daily from 26 December to the end of January school holidays
  • Steam trains will depart between 11am and 4pm, roughly every hour or at frequencies varied according to demand.

The Semaphore to Fort Glanville railway does not operate if the forecast temperature for Adelaide is 35 degrees or above.


Prices (as at October 2020) are:

  • Adult | $9
  • Child | $5 (3-15 years)
  • Family | $22 (4 people including at least one child)

What to see in Semaphore

Semaphore has loads of summer attractions including the beach and jetty, water slides, the Semaphore Carousel, playgrounds and the popular Semaphore Road cafe strip with shops and restaurants.

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the National Railway Museum website.

What:   Semaphore to Fort Glanville Railway

When:  See the National Railway Museum site here for hours of operation

Where:   Semaphore Jetty Railway Station, Semaphore

Who:   All Ages

All photographs by Play & Go Adelaide 2012.

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.

Railway Notes:

•Tickets for the Semaphore to Fort Glanville railway are sold separately from Museum admission – the prices listed above are for the train ride only.  Admission to the Museum can be purchased separately. Please see the National Railway Museum website for admission prices and opening times.

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3 Responses to “Semaphore to Fort Glanville Railway Steam Train Rides | Review”

  1. Janice Roberts
    October 8, 2015 at 6:53 pm #

    We travelled from Marion to Semaphore today (Thursday 8th October) with our grandchildren of 6 and 3 to ride on the train. The children were very excited.

    Much disappointment as train not running as per the hours stated above.

  2. Linda
    October 11, 2015 at 10:23 pm #

    That is very disappointing. Their website states that they are running during the holidays:


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