The Wandering Tops

The Wandering Tops

01 December, 2015

Peterborough - Rail Museum

After staying the night at my sister's farm at Mt Pleasant we drove back through Gawler, Roseworthy & Sandy Creek where a massive fire had ripped through last week.  So much devastation of crops, homes, sheds, farm machinery etc - we were driving through dust storms as the wind was whipping up the burnt top soil.

Heading towards Clare the dust and wind reduced viability



Cropping had started around Peterborough. View from the caravan park.

Stopped for lunch at Burra (Cornish Pasty as you do) before heading to Peterborough where we stayed in the Caravan Park.  In the morning we visited The Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre which is a static railway museum based in the former railway workshops located in Peterborough. We toured the sheds and the extraordinary heritage-listed ‘Roundhouse’ before getting hands-on with heroic locos and luxury carriages.Great to walk through various carriages, some built in the early 1800s and well worth a visit if passing through the area.


Steam Locomotive T199, letting off a bit of steam!


The South Australian Railways (SAR) had 78 of these engines built from 1903 to 1917 for use on the narrow gauge lines throughout the state.

Australia's only operating triple gauge turntable used to turn the engine around and move in to workshops and storage sheds.

Morris 25 converted for rail travel


Accident Van

Inside the 1920's First Class Lounge car



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