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. We hope to see you soon!
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Curious about the "general Port Lincoln museum" idea that is being explored at the moment? Details here.