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.
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  • We were lucky to catch the last tour of the day, arriving at 3.30pm. Very friendly receptionist who “loves her job” found the guide for us who had started locking up, but happy to give us the full tou...  more »
  • For a small town punches well above its weight for the tourist industry. Excellent staff. It is best that you go to the 'Light and Sound" held at night and this is recommended by the staff. However th...  more »
  • From the friendly greeting in the information area, to either a self guided walk of the workshop or a guided tour of the round house, this museum is not a collection of dirty rusty things. Entering th...  more »
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  • Great display. Lovely friendly staff. Very knowledgeable. A most interesting day tour and night show. Well worth the reasonable entry fee
  • Fantastic Rail Museum, plenty to see - expect to spend a good few hours here. We had a fantastic friendly staff member on our tour with great knowledge and passion for the job & the history there, even worked a bit past her finishing time to ensure we seen everything, no rush! Definitely worth visiting if your in the area.
  • Yet again South Australia delivers. Fantastic railroad museum. You have to go for the guided tour. The gentleman who we had was very knowledgeable and even worked there. Had some good yarns. Great place to visit.
  • If you are interested in local history or railways this is a fascinating place to visit. The guided tour of the old railway workshop area, and the opportunity to go into the old railway carriages and steam engines was brilliant. The evening Light and Sound show is also worth seeing for further insight into the history of this region.
  • A tremendous amount of history here. Peterborough was *the* railway junction for the whole southern part of Australia. My father, having grown up here, managed to name unknown figures in the old portrait of rail servicemen.

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