The Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre is a museum with a difference.
Visitors can relive the glorious days of the Australian railways in Steamtown Peterborough, in the Southern Flinders Ranges, where Australia’s most unique rail heritage centre is located. The Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre was one of the main sites for railway maintenance, repairs and a major rail-transport hub in South Australia in its heydays with over 100 trains passing through each day and employing over 1000 people.
After dark, Steamtown hosts South Australia’s only Sound and Light Show, a fabulous sound and visual spectacular about railway history in Australia and Peterborough. Guests sit comfortably in a historic railway carriage, once a first class sleeper on the East West route between Sydney and Perth, and are transported visually through a 1 hour sound and light show that you will thoroughly enjoy. Bookings essential. Low Season conditions apply (Nov-March)
Once South Australia’s busiest regional railway hub employing more than 1,000 people who looked after more than 100 passing trains every day, the old depot and workshop is now home to Australia’s most unique and fascinating Heritage Railway museum.
You’ll find Australia’s only operational triple gauge turntable, a wide range of historic rolling stock including elegant steam trains, powerful diesel locomotives, unique passenger trains and freight trains, all exhibited in original settings in the heritage listed roundhouse and original work sheds.
On the daily continuously guided 1.5 hour tour you can get close to historic locomotives, trains, carriages and numerous freight vehicles. You can still feel the glamour of the roaring twenties, travelling first class through the Nullarbor in the opulent 1923 First Class Lounge car.
The last guided tour commences at 3.30pm daily.