Opened in 2005, this exciting project in Freetown, Sierra Leone, is now accessible to the public.

We have one of the finest collections of African railway locomotives, coaches, wagons and historic railway artefacts on the continent.

Work parties from the UK are now regularly assisting with development at the railway museum. To keep up to date with progress, follow us on Twitter @SLRailwayMuseum or join our Facebook fan page.

What to see and do

The museum has a collection of 2’6” gauge railway equipment from the former Sierra Leone Railway that once connected Freetown to to Pendembu via the second principal city of Bo, and to the major town of Makeni.

All exhibits are under restoration by local skilled employees, with guidance and support by the UK National Railway Museum and its Director, Commander Steve Davies MBE. Our collection includes:

  • Beyer-Garratt steam locomotive No73 of 1955.
  • Hunslet steam Tank Locomotive No81 of 1947.
  • Manning Wardle steam locomotive 'Nellie' of 1915.
  • Diesel locomotives from 1958 and 1959.
  • HM The Queen's Royal Coach from 1961.
  • Various passenger carriages.
  • Plus hundreds of photographs and artefacts related to the Sierra Leone Railway.

Visit us

The museum is located in the old railway workshops in the Cline Town area of Freetown and is open every day of the year, less Christmas Day.

Opening times are 10am to 5pm.

Admission is FREE to Sierra Leonians. Overseas visitors are asked to make an appropriate monetary donation.

Support us

The museum is currently funded by generous support of the Sierra Leone National Government, plus private financial donations from abroad.

If you would like to find out how you can support the museum – either financially, in manpower or otherwise, please contact:

Sierra Leone Railway Support c/o Anthony Coulls UK National Railway Museum Shildon Co. Durham DL4 1PQ