Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre is a Museum with a difference! The heritage listed Roundhouse with its 23 bays, a 3 gauge turntable (only one left in the world) and parts of the original workshops now display a wide range of historic rolling stock, i.e. the 1923 1st Class Lounge car from the Transcontinental, were you can easily visualise how passengers were entertained; enjoying themselves with a piano on board, sipping a drink and relaxing in the comfortable red leather armchairs, the famous S.A. built T-class steam locomotive T199 together with the W and PM class steam locos on display, carriages from the Old Ghan, the unique Motor Inspection Car (MIC) Morris 25 or the Baby Health Car which visited outback and rural South Australia to give medical advice and help to mothers and their children living on remote farms and settlements. Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre conducts daily (except Christmas Day) continuously guided tours of 1.5 hours from 9.00am with the last tour leaving at 3.30pm. Cappuccino, soft drinks and light snacks are available in the Reception area.
After dark, visitors can watch South Australia's first and only Sound & Light Show, from a historic Transcontinental carriage, now transformed into a viewing car and placed on the 85 foot long turntable. This magic light and sound spectacle tells the story of Steamtown and the creation of Peterborough, about Railways in South Australia and the history and personal stories associated with it. Relive the famous visit of General MacArthur in 1942 when he delivered the famous phrase: "I shall return" from the platform in Terowie. Learn about the first terrorist attack on Australian soil and the tragic accident of Walloway. Through this awesome sound and light spectacle you will actually experience parts of the last two centuries and become part of it. The Sound and Light show operates every night (after dark) but pre-booking is essential. (08 8651 3355 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Times will be adjusted depending to the time of the year.
Guided tour prices: $17.50 adult; Senior $15.00; Children (8-15 years of age) $ 8.00: Family pass $35 (2 adults and 2 children).
Sound & Light Show (1 hour) flat rate: $ 20.00 per person.
Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre
1 Telford Avenue, Peterborough SA 5422
Phone (08) 8651 3355
Fax (08) 8651 2173
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