Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre, Peterborough
(4.7/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web)
The Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre is a static railway museum based in the former railway workshops located in Peterborough, South Australia. Peterborough was the administrative and service centre for the Peterborough Division of the South Australian Railways, employing up to 1,500 people in the workshops during its heyday. The railway workshops covered an extensive area mainly to the west of the township, and it is in these original buildings that the exhibits are displayed.The turntable and roundhouse are the main features of the exhibit.The turntable is unusual in that it accommodates three rail gauges: Narrow gauge, standard gaugeand broad gauge. In Australia there were only two similar turntables ; all three were on the same line, with the one at Peterborough the only one remaining. This unique situation arose from the standardisation project of the late 1960s. At this time the broad gauge line was extended from Terowie to Peterborough and the Port Pirie to Broken Hill section was replaced by standard gauge line. The Peterborough to Quorn section remained narrow gauge.
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  • Had a lovely day visiting all the old locos and rolling stock. The guide Colin was full of information and we could tell he just loved his work. Make sure you also go to the light ad sound show after ...  more »
  • Called in the afternoon and was joined into the ongoing tour, works very well so your ot waiting around for a start time your straight onto a continuous tour. Went back for the Sound and light show wh...  more »
  • We were welcomed the minute we stepped into the Steamtown shop/ information desk. My husband and I were included in the final tour of the day and our tour guide Judith was passionate about the trains ...  more »
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  • Prices had gone up, but they forgot to change this on the website Also we came to see the trains The tour guide we had just talked about himself the whole time