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Published February 1st 2013
Enjoy rare rides, free entry and more
50th Anniversary of National Railway Museum
The Mile End Railway Museum in 1986 (Courtesy NRM)
While many of us visit the museums once, it can be a while before we return to see how the collection has changed. But the National Railway Museum is giving us plenty of reasons to keep coming back, because 2013 is their 50th anniversary and they have released a program packed with special things to do.
I can remember driving along Railway Terrace Mile End in the 80's and wondering what steam trains were doing on the tracks there.
The entire area in that part of Mile End was grim, grey and industrial at the time, so I probably assumed that it was somewhere that the railways stockpiled their disused rolling stock. But I was wrong - that was the early incarnation of the National Railway Museum.
Exhibits @ Mile End Railway Museum 1985 (Courtesy NRM)
Obviously you will need to be an adult to drive a train, but for the younger folk (3 years) it will be possible to ride behind the steam engine or Red Hen for $3 each. Normal museum entry charge applies, and check the website for any other conditions.
On March 9-11 2013 the Bluebird Kestrel railcar flies from its nest to provide you with a comfortable shuttle service every 30 minutes. Rides will cost $3 per person (over 3 years only)
Once used for long distance travel within SA, this brilliant comfortable air conditioned train is rarely out of its nest. A colourful part of South Australian railways heritage, the Bluebird rides are sure to be popular.
April 13-14 2013 will be your chance to travel on the recently restored luxurious Onkaparinga sleeping car which went into service in 1911. This was once used on the Overlander - one of the iconic trains of Australia.
On June 16 you have the chance to sell all your old railways memorabilia - those signs that you stole in a drunken Jack Daniels haze, or maybe the spare 900 class locomotive you are keeping on your country block.
I once lived next to the Belair railway line where these monsters would thunder by dragging goods trains past. It caused an enforced 10 minute break from TV viewing while the house rocked on its foundations.
Pre-selected surplus material and props will be on sale, and private sellers are welcome. Gold coin admission is required.
A special series of events is planned for the school holidays, from July 13-21.
All three of NRM's operational trains will be running over the entire 9 days.
Broad gauge Red Hen diesel rail cars, narrow gauge steam engine Peronne will be hauling its usual 3 carriage train, and 457mm gauge steam engines Bub and Bill will be taking youngsters around the museum site.
Courtesy of the City of Port Adelaide Enfield, all three of the major museums at Port Adelaide – Maritime, Aviation and Railway Museums will be free to enter on October 19-20.
All three of the National Railway Museum's operational trains will be running over this weekend. Broad gauge Red Hen diesel railcars, narrow gauge steam engine Peronne will be hauling its usual 3 carriage train, and 457mm gauge steam engine Bub will be taking youngsters around the museum site.
The popular shuttle connections will be also available between NRM and the SA Aviation Museum, using Peronne's train.
Local community groups will hold a BBQ for visitors to purchase food and drink, in addition to the cafe car being open for refreshments.
On November 2-3 the Semaphore to Fort Glanville railway celebrates its 21st birthday, and forms a special part of NRM's 50th Anniversary year. For the first time ever there will be two steam trains running throughout the two days, with train services about 15 minutes apart. NRM's 457mm gauge steam engines Bub and Bill will be in charge of their respective trains, with about 30 trains operating on both days.
On November 30 and December 1 under special arrangements with SA Public Transport Services, NRM's Redhen railcars will be making special 50th Anniversary runs between the museum and the Adelaide railway station during both days.
It is planned that there will be six return trips on each day. Tickets ($10 per person return) will be available for purchase at both the National Railway Museum and at Adelaide railway station.
Steam loco Peronne and Bluebird Kestrel will also be providing other train ride opportunities at the museum during the Adelaide station runs.
Golly gosh Dave. What a blockbuster list of railway events you have here. Do not think I ever recall seeing any articles on Weekendnotes with so many sections. From the looks of it you must have broken a record :)