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Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre, Peterborough
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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.For Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre and beyond, use our Peterborough tour planner to get the most from your Peterborough vacation.
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We found the tour interesting and enjoyed exploring the carriages in the old trains. Very friendly staff and it's worth a visit.
Well worth it, even if you don't like trains it is worth every penny, tour guide very informative and loves his job and light show sensational
Having a soft spot for old trains, this place was a must. The retired guard who conducted the tour was a mine of historical information. The old wooden carriages brought back memories of travelling on... read more »
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
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