Models upstage displays

Exhibitions and displays

Rev Ralph Holden with his models on display at Port LincolnOn Saturday afternoon the Port Lincoln Railway Museum hosted its official opening of the museum's History Festival display - a photographic and interpretive display detailing the railcars and rail passenger services on Eyre Peninsula. The Railways provided a vital passenger service for the inland towns and townships on Eyre Peninsula from 1907 to 1968 (freight services continue to this day). The weather was a little cool and threatening, but a good number turned up for the occasion. The display was the result of weeks of preparation by volunteers at the museum, especially Les Walter who spent days on end slaving over a hot computer.

Our official guest was Rev Ralph Holden from Adelaide, who opened the displays with a lively account of his experiences at Cummins in the 1960s. We were delighted that Ralph brought some of his large scale models of Eyre Peninsula passenger trains and railcars for display on the day. The models almost stole the show, and were much admired by those in attendance.

A number of former railwaymen and former railcar passengers were in attendance, and many reminiscences and stories were swapped over a sumptious afternoon tea, making for a very enjoyable afternoon.




It was my privilege to meet Rev Ralph Holden on Saturday and to chat with him about the exquisite models he had displayed for the opening of the SA History Festival exhibit.

You can hear the interview on 1485 ABC Eyre Peninsula on Wednesday 11 May at around 7:20am, and later I'll make it available from our website.

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