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National Railway Museum - 50th Anniversary

Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 5:38 pm
by The Scooter Guy
2013 is nigh, and the National Railway Museum in Port Adelaide will be celebrating it's 50th anniversary since it first operated at Mile End with a multitude of special events!

Behind The Scenes - Saturday 9th February 2013 - Sunday 10th February 2013

Inspect areas normally closed to the public including
• Vice Regal car
• Lounge Car AFA93 - Wegmann
• Broken Hill Express Sleeping car - Baroota
• Overland Sleeping car - Allambi
• 900 class diesel cab
• Woodville signal box
• Brill Railcar 8
• Steam Shed Workshop

Rare Opportunity to -
• Drive Peronne big steam engine - $40
• Drive the Redhen railcars - $20
* Note minimum 18 yrs of age. Covered footwear
essential for loco/railcar activities. Certificates
(included in cost) issued to all participants.

• Take a ride behind Redhen railcars,
• Peronne steam engine
and Bub (457mm gauge) steam train
• All rides $3 (3yrs up)

Launch of Bluebird Kestrel - Saturday 9th March 2013 - Monday 11th March 2013

Bluebird railcar No. 257
Official Launch Run

• Saturday 9th March, 11.30am


• Public shuttles every 30 minutes
commence as from 12 noon Saturday,
and from 11am Sunday and Monday
• Bub (457 mm gauge) steam train
• All rides $3 (3yrs up)


• Normal prices ... n_2013.pdf

More events to be announced shortly!

Re: National Railway Museum - 50th Anniversary

Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2014 8:20 pm
by henn9438
has anyone attended the night markets on Sunday evenings?

Re: National Railway Museum - 50th Anniversary

Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2014 10:14 pm
by monotonehell
henn9438 wrote:has anyone attended the night markets on Sunday evenings?
At the National Railway Museum?

Re: National Railway Museum - 50th Anniversary

Posted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 11:54 am
by Llessur2002
Old 'red hen' trains back on the rails in Adelaide this weekend


Adelaide's old "red hen" trains will be back on the rails between the city and Port Adelaide this weekend.

Bob Sampson of the National Railway Museum at Port Adelaide told 891 ABC Adelaide the museum was being inundated with phone calls this week from people keen to make the trip.

"I think [it is] because they were a part of Adelaide and suburban rail transport for such a long time — from the early 1950s right through to the early 1990s — that's a long time and lots of kids went to school on them and people went to college and uni and they've just been a part of Adelaide's scenery for a long time," he said.

"It's rare that we're allowed, in conjunction with the Department of Transport, to get these things out on the main line and run to the city, so it's a fantastic occasion."

The old red trains will run seven return trips on Saturday, and the same on Sunday and buying a $10 return ticket will also give people free entry to Port Adelaide's three museums — rail, aviation and maritime.

Mr Sampson said a lot of work was needed to put the old railcars back on the main line.

"There's a whole lot of planning, there's rail safety regulations ... it's quite a lot of logistics involved. There's about 10 inches of paperwork to satisfy compliance issues and mechanical issues and insurance issues," he said.

"They're precious little things and they cost a bit to run but all in all it's great to have them out for special events."
Trains will use a rusty 'secret' line

He said the "red hens" usually ran on one kilometre of special track at the rail museum but there was a way to fairly easily get them from there to the main line.

"We've got a secret little track that comes on near the Grand Junction Road bridge down there at Port Adelaide," he said.

"It's a bit rusty but we try to use it as much as we can."

Adelaide Metro is the main rail operator and its drivers must be used this weekend.

"There's been a hand-chosen half dozen drivers, who used to drive them a long time ago, who've had their refresher training," Mr Sampson explained.

"There's always big smiles on them when they drive them on the main line."

The old trains will run hourly trips this weekend between the city and Port Adelaide and Mr Sampson said each service could carry up to 160 people.

He said tickets would be sold at Adelaide Railway Station or at the National Rail Museum.