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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  • October 3, 2017
    We went to the night light show and it was excellent. Using a range of technical effects we were given a history of the local area through the history of the railway. A must see  more »
  • September 21, 2017
    We did the guided tour during the day and then saw the sound and light show that evening. Thank you Phil for a most informative tour of the round house and it's carriages. The light and sound show was...  more »
  • September 19, 2017
    If you're interested in railway history then this is a must.....& even if you're not it's enlightening. So much of railway history is linked to the social history of the time & the "sound & light" sho...  more »
  • August 22, 2017
    Highly recommended. We took our 3 kids 5,10,12 and they all loved the tour. Guide was very informative.
  • August 25, 2017
    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.
  • July 24, 2017
    An excellent history of railway in the region, provided by passionate and dedicated volunteers. A must see, but allow a few hours for the tour.
  • August 8, 2017
    Wow what a fantastic day. Don't forget to stay for the sound and light show at night
  • May 20, 2017
    Nice collection of old motorcycles $5 entry and privately funded very interesting if you into motorbikes

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