Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre

We spent this morning at the excellent steam rail centre.

A guided tour around the round house gave us an insight in to the lives of the early settlers and railwaymen who strove so hard to make this northern section of South Australia work.

An old image showing the roundhouse in its heyday.
The three gauges here in Peterborough

Peterborough is a rare railway town where, because state governments could not agree on a standarised railway gauge, three railway gauges (broad – 5’3″, standard 4’8 1/2″ and narrow 3’6”) once met. The town became¬†hugely important as a railway link between the iron ore mines at Broken Hill and the iron and steel processing at Port Pirie. At its height over one hundred trains a day were passing through the town. It is therefore hardly surprising that it has a museum in a railway carriage and its prime tourist attraction, now the town hosts the “Steamtown” Heritage Rail Centre.

A wheeled barrow
Inside the firebox.
Locomotive inside the roundhouse.

The start of the Sound and Light Show

Locomotives and rolling stock in the roundhouse.

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