By Carlo

Peterborough is a little town located about 3hrs from Adelaide with an abundance of life for this once busy railway town. Many years ago Peterborough was booming with railways as it was a central point for many destinations for trains and transport by rail. The history in the town is amazing but one attraction for us was the Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre.steamtown

It had been a long time between visits for myself (Carlo) as my mum grew up in Peterborough and we had a connection with the town as Grandma was still living there. When I was young we traveled there for visits and my brothers and I always seemed to think that this little town was a little quiet not knowing what to do there. We knew of the train station and rail yards but they were very quiet and let go. Sadly to say my last visit there was for the passing of my Grandma in the late 90s and I hadn’t been back since.steamtown
Fast forward to now, 2016, and wow what amazing little town so full of life and people. I could have counted the number of people on one hand back when I was a little boy there, now the number of people and cars there is fantastic to see. It was Around 2002 a small enthusiastic group of train lovers had decided to bring back to life the once ever so busy train yard, and it blew me away with what was there.

Inside the opulent 1923 First Class Lounge Car

Inside the opulent 1923 First Class Lounge Car

The history of the rail industry, locomotives, beautiful carriages ( as if untouched) and an expert tour guide who has had a enormous impact on now what is called “Steamtown “. Our boys loved the tour and I just as much as you were able to walk through all the carriages on display and spend as much time in the engine room display as you wanted.

Inside the nurses cart that would visit new mothers in rural South Australia, dispensing medicine and medical advice

Inside the nurses cart that would visit new mothers in rural South Australia, dispensing medicine and medical advice

Even the little boy in me came out as if I was walking around in a Thomas the tank engine show. There is one big attraction they have there and it is one of the only known working turnstiles ( like the one in Thomas the Tank Engine) in the world, along with its after dark light and sound show. I can’t say how eager I am when we have finished our travels to venture back there to spend some more time and go further into the history of Steamtown and Peterbourgh.steamtown

Where : Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre is located at 1 Telford Avenue Peterborough

Cost: Adult $17 Child $8

More Info : www.steamtown.com.au

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inside one of the first class cabins

Inside one of the first class cabins

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