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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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  • Wonderful day exploring trains and history of railway junction town. Loved trains displayed and stories. 
    Wonderful day exploring trains and history of railway junction town. Loved trains displayed and stories.  more »
  • 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... 
    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 »
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  • I loved this tour and the light show so much. Highly recommend it. However the tour is out doors and it was freezing. So to really enjoy it, rug up. The light show and historical doco on the big screen was fabulous. Carriage was warm but I had a back row seat and my view of the show was impeded by people I front of me. Get in first and secure front row seats 💺 🙌
  • We were there for the Sound and Light show. We enjoyed the video of the history about the steam trains in the area. The light show was good also. Hard to get good photos when sitting in the back row. It would have been awesome if some of the viewing was outside of the carriage.

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