Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre, Peterborough

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Specialty Museum
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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  • There is an excellent 'light & sound' show on the history of South Australian rail. You can also go on a guided tour of the complex. Inspect old passenger carriages to appreciate how 'luxurious' today...  more »
  • The Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre at Peterborough for a light show & documentary film about the beginning of rail in South Australia. It was really well done & very interesting. We were seated in a r...  more »
  • There is a brilliant range of rolling stock, steam and diesel/electric. Take the tour as the history is incredibly interesting walking through some unique carriages. The evening show is also very good...  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