The National Railway Museum's Public Transport Expo runs over the weekend of 19 & 20 May 2018 from 10am to 4pm on both days at 76 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide. A great collection of various public transport exhibits have been put together for you to take a good squizz at. It's a family fun day with lots to see, free rides to have, and a rotary BBQ and coffee and biscuits to enjoy. Admission tickets will be $32/Family (2 adults and up to 3 children), Adults $12, Concession $9, Child (5-15 years) $6.
Celebrating 99 years this year, a full-size steam engine Peronne that was built in Scotland in 1919 will be on hand for you to take a ride behind this classic locomotive. It'll be $3 for the adults and kids ride free. The popular miniature steam engine Bill will also be running around the huge site all day on both days, and this is a freebie ride for everyone to enjoy. The iconic 1950s Redhen railcars that have been used for 40 years on suburban Adelaide tracks will also be on show, and you can catch a ride on one of the many shuttles operating both days for the same cost as the Peronne, with kids again going free.
Exhibition 'City Bound' celebrates the history of Port Adelaide/Port Dock Railway Station over the decades since opening in 1856. Gavin Thrum's model railway will also be on view. However, it's not just about rail transport. Four former Adelaide buses will be on display over the weekend ranging from the 1970s and 1980s. You'll see the Volvo B59 No.1001 (1978), Volvo B10M No.2405 (1981), MAN SL200 No.1812 (1982) and MAN SL200 No.1352 (1988). The SA Police Historic Vehicles display is a popular one and always enjoyable.
Transport exhibitions are not all The National Railway Museum does. They offer venue hire as well, and as at 7 May, due to a cancellation they have two vacancies in their 'Birthday Cafeteria' car for the weekend (19 & 20 May) of this transport expo. It'll hold up to 30 people who can enjoy admission to the museum, have use of the 1947 Cafe Car and free train rides on the miniature train. Combined with the Public History weekend event, it'll double the fun for use of the Cafe car for only $100 for the day from 10am to 3pm. If you'd like to take a party and make a day out of it, call the museum direct on 8341 1690 to book this great opportunity