BREAK OF GAUGE RAILWAY SHOP
The 'Break of Gauge Railway Shop' doubles as the Museum's gift shop and point of entrance to the museum. Admission is not required to access the shop.
THE RON FITCH PAVILION
The Ron Fitch pavilion was constructed in 1988 especially to house the museum's collection of restored locomotives and carriages. The exhibits are grouped together by the gauge over which they operated - broad, narrow or standard.
The centre piece of the pavilion is the break of gauge station, which dramatically highlights the problems created by the variety of gauges operated within South Australia. Our station represents the break of gauge between broad and narrow, last seen at Terowie in 1970. Similar breaks occurred at Hamley Bridge, Wolseley, Port Pirie, Peterborough and Gladstone. Excellent comparisons can be made between locomotive and carriage design, and most dramatically, size!
On the Western side of the pavilion are a number of display cabinets housing railway memorabilia, and rooms for our educational and interactive displays and model railway, while the Northern wall of the pavilion is adorned with locomotive number and name plates.
In May 2009, the pavilion was named after former Chief Civil Engineer of the Commonwealth Railways and South Australian Railways Commissioner Ron Fitch, to acknowledge his dedication and effort to ensure so much of railway history was preserved and published.
THE RONALD E FLUCK PAVILION
The Ronald E Fluck Pavilion was opened in 2001 as the Commonwealth Railways Museum to provide cover for the Museum's expanding collection of Commonwealth Railway's rolling stock.
In May 2009, the pavilion was re-named after Ronald E Fluck, who founded the original Mile End Railway Museum, championed the establishment of the museum in its current location, and is a former Chairman and now Life Member of the National Railway Museum.
WOODVILLE SIGNAL CABIN
The former Woodville signal cabin of the South Australian Railways/State Transport Authority has been re-located to the Museum site and connected to the narrow gauge yard on the Western side of the Museum site. It is available for tours.
The original 1878 Port Dock Station Goods Shed is included as part of the Museum complex. This building is constructed of large timber beams and is typical of the type of buildings constructed by the South Australian Railways in the 19th Century. It is located to the East of the Ron Fitch pavilion.
The Callington Shelter Shed and Booking Office is typical of the type of building used by the South Australian Railways at small country stations. It was originally built in 1951 for the then small rural community of Callington, located approximately 20 kilometres west of Murray Bridge on the main Adelaide to Melbourne route.
Intense competition during the 1960's and 70's with road transport, for passenger and parcels traffic, eventually resulted in the withdrawal of all staff and the closure of Callington station. Following closure, the building was subject to extensive vandal attacks that left nothing but the exterior.
In 1991 an approach was made to Australian National, who agreed to sell the building. This resulted in the building being purchased by a museum member, who subsequently arranged for its donation and transportation to Port Adelaide. It was placed in storage until 1994, when it was re-erected in its current location on the Northern side of the Museum site. All the work associated with the demolition and re-erection of Callington was undertaken by members of the museum in a volunteer capacity.
Today the station is once again used as a boarding point, albeit for our 457 mm gauge railway. The first ticket was sold from the re-erected Booking Office to a visitor on Monday 13th June 1994. However train rides are now included in the price of admission (excluding special events).
EUDUNDA GANGERS SHED
Located at rear of the Ron Fitch pavilion is the former Eudunda Gang Shed. It was purchased and relocated by members of the museum in 1990.
THE STEAM SHED
Located South-West of the Ron Fitch pavilion, the steam shed is where the Museum maintains our operating fleet of 457 mm gauge locomotives and narrow gauge steam locomotive 'Peronne'. This building is not accessible to the public.