Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre, Peterborough

(4.7/5 based on 110 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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TripAdvisor
  • This was an incredible place to visit! The trains may no longer run but all tell their story! We learnt so much from our time at Steamtown. The highlights were the Sound & Light show with the amazing ...  more »
  • It was a very interesting tour, just the right length and amount of information along with being able to walk through lots of carriages of various trains.  more »
  • Very interesting tour, followed by the very special Light Show. Peterborough has many attractions, not least the history involving our first Australian Saint, Mary McKillop. We thoroughly enjoyed our ...  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