Port Lincoln Railway Museum
Eyre Peninsula Railway Preservation Society Inc.
The railway network centered on Port Lincoln has always been isolated from the rest of the national network, and for over sixty years the railway timetable was based around connections with shipping to and from Port Adelaide. Rail services were the lifeline which linked inland areas to Port Lincoln and the rest of the world, and this gave a unique character to the railway and its people. It is this character that the Port Lincoln Railway Museum aims to capture.
Housed in the beautiful old stone South Australian Railways administrative building at Port Lincoln, the Museum opened in September 1999. A small but very dedicated group has worked to expand the displays, and in December 2004 the freight shed was reopened as an extension of the Museum premises. Larger items are displayed there.
The Museum includes an extensive photographic collection, a large collection of plans and other official documents from the SAR and AN days on Eyre Peninsula, and a display of memorabilia related to the railways on Eyre Peninsula. It is well worth a visit, either as a casual observer or for more detailed research.
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In August 2015 Peter Knife was privileged to present a talk to the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia on the railways of Eyre Peninsula and their role in the settlement of the Peninsula. The RGSSA have very kindly made the video of the talk available, and it can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kh6ce65gEGw.
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