Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre, Peterborough

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The Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre ("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 (1,067 mm or 3 ft 6 in), standard gauge (1,435 mm or 4 ft 8+1⁄2 in) and broad gauge (1,600 mm or 5 ft 3 in). In Australia there were only two similar turntables (located at Port Pirie and Gladstone); 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 (passing through Peterborough) was replaced by standard gauge line. The Peterborough to Quorn section remained narrow gauge.

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  • The best railway museum experience in South Australia! The tour is sensational, our tour guide was Darryl, he was very knowledgeable and personable and was good with our kids. The place has a...  more »
  • I am writing this on behalf of my husband who thought his visit was exceptional. He enjoyed every minute of the two hour tour and took stacks of photos. We visited Peterborough just so that he could.....  more »
  • This place is brilliant, and is a must when visiting Peterborough. Make this your first priority upon your arrival, to help you to understand the amazing history of this incredible town, be sure you include the evening sound & light show with your entry ticket, as it is excellent
  • Extensive collection of restored carriages, really gave a feel for life in the steam years. Tour guides were knowledgeable and helpful. You can't just wander around though, due to oh&s rules. Evening show is well worth a visit to learn more about the history.

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