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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  • My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the Sound & Light show held in the museum at night and we returned the next day to get a guided tour of all the old trains they had and learnt about how it all star...  more »
  • This was one of the best railway museums that we have been to. There is so much to see and the guide was great, had lots of interesting history to pass on. It really is worth calling in to see. I espe...  more »
  • Loved the Centre. Took a guided tour with Colin and we were very pleasantly surprised that they are a dog friendly centre. We took our 3 dogs with us and absolutely no issue. We were the only ones on ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Very informative. Great host showed us around and explained the history and workings of the roundhouse. The evening Light Show was fantastic. A definite must-do if you are in the area.
  • Highly recommended. We took our 3 kids 5,10,12 and they all loved the tour. Guide was very informative.
  • A fascinating view into the history of South Australian railways. I highly recommend it to anybody with an interest in trains and S.A.Railway's past.

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