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City Bound: A History of the Port Adelaide Railway Station

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A Moment in the Life of South Australia's Railway History
Constructed in 1856, the Port Dock (known as Port Adelaide) Railway Station was an impressive structure in its heyday and had a large curved roof over the platforms.

In 1963 the original buildings were removed and replaced with new buildings, however the station was set to close in 1981 and the platforms removed in 1987. Since its closure, the site of the station has been redeveloped to house the Port Adelaide Police Station and Magistrates Court. However, the goods yard adjacent to Lipson Street, is occupied by the National Railway Museum.

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Port Adelaide senior traffic staff, December 1910. Photo: National Railway Museum Negative Collection, courtesy of National Railway Museum

As part of South Australia's History Festival from 1 to 31 May 2018, the National Railway Museum, 76 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide is hosting City Bound: A History of the Port Adelaide Railway Station.

This exhibition charts the development of the railway station site, as it evolved from Port Adelaide to Port Dock Station and examines the architecture of use of the site for South Australia.

A fine scale model of the railway station c1960 is on display, along with heritage trains including the museum's 1950s Redhen railcars and a 1919 Scottish steam engine will be operating.

Come along on Saturday 19 or Sunday 20 May 2018 and take a ride on a Redhen or Peronne. Train rides cost $3 for adults.

The Museum is open daily (except Christmas Day, open from 12 pm Anzac Day) from 10 am to 4.30 pm and the exhibition is free with the price of admission to the Museum. Cost of entry is adults $12, concession $9, children (5-15 years with an adult) $6 or families (2 adults and up to 3 children) $32.

For further information contact Robert Sampson on 8341 1690 or at
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Why? An Exhibition of the Port Adelaide Railway Station
When: 1 - 31 May 2018
Phone: 8341 1690
Where: National Railway Museum, 76 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide
Cost: Free with entry to Museum - $6 - $32
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