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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  • Worth stopping a day and night to see. Shound and light show at night goes for an hour, Daytime tour by Phil lasted over an hour. Phil knows lots about trains and was very interesting. I learnt a lot....  more »
  • The Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre has books, brochures, cards and souvenirs for sale and we bought a few items. The lady serving us was knowledgeable, helpful, courteous and friendly. A real asset to...  more »
  • 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 »
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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