Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre, Peterborough

#13 of 77 in Museums in South Australia
Specialty Museum Scenic Railroad
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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  • Went to the Museum and the Sound and Light show. Both Very good. Learnt some history that I never knew before. Spent sime time in Peterborough the following day, definitely worth a visit. Great to see...  more »
  • We spent an enjoyable few hours at the Centre doing the tour. Very informative and detailed information provided by the tour guide. Highly recommended.  more »
  • We visited Steamtown and Peterborough because our young son loves trains and we ended up learning so much more than we expected about about SA's railway heritage. A visit to Steamtown really gave us a...  more »
  • Nice collection of old motorcycles $5 entry and privately funded very interesting if you into motorbikes
  • Loved this place - the lady let us through for free as we couldn't wait for the tour. Lots to see - much more than just trains including sculptures and other memorabilia. Many 'blasts from the past'.
  • Great display of everything railway.
  • A must see when you are in the area
  • 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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