The Port Lincoln Railway Museum is housed in the beautiful stone station building and in the nearby old railway freight shed. The station building was placed on the State Heritage Register in 1993, and provides an authentic setting for many of the museum displays with many internal features still intact from the days when it was an active railway station.
The railway network centred 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.
The museum archives contain an extensive and growing collection of photographs of railways on Eyre Peninsula, and the people associated with them. The archives also have extensive documentary material dating back to the construction of the first railway at Port Lincoln in 1906-07, as well as a collection of engineering drawings for the same period. Researchers, and people whose family history includes railwaymen on Eyre Peninsula, will find much of interest in these records.
Other displays include rail workers’ uniforms and a vast array of memorabilia. In the freight shed annexe are a number of items of rolling stock, some of which were unique to Eyre Peninsula. There are also some rail vehicles which were originally used in the construction of the Trans Australia Railway almost a hundred years ago; these last worked on the BHP lime sands tramway at Port Lincoln.
The Society meets monthly, and all members and interested persons are welcome to attend. Outings are also organised on an occasional basis to places of railway historical interest on Eyre Peninsula.
Wednesday, Sunday and Public Holidays 1 pm - 4 pm. Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.