Celebrations at the Peterborough Roundhouse

The 100-year-old Peterborough Railway Roundhouse looks almost as good as new after our massive restoration and refurbishment was completed in March. 

In celebration, the National Trust and the District Council of Peterborough co-hosted a public Open Day in April to show off the works and to thank all of those who did such a fine job to rescue the Roundhouse from an uncertain future.  

Major works were undertaken by a number of local companies, including McMahon Services and Jamestown Engineering, including critical timber and steel repairs and replacing the entire roof. These works will sustain the Roundhouse for another hundred years as the iconic tourism attraction for the town of Peterborough.

The Open Day marked the first time that visitors were able to access the site since works began late last year. Visitors were invited to join one of two free restoration tours which included a short presentation by Silver to Sea Way project team members Bridgette and Pat, followed by a site tour led by local guide Shirley Edmonds. Both tours were well attended, with visitors also enjoying the Peterborough Rotary Club’s sausage sizzle for lunch.

The Open Day also included a short period of formalities with visitors welcomed to Country by Ngadjuri Elder, Quenten Agius. Attendees were addressed by The Hon Geoff Brock MP, State Member for Stuart, who highlighted how important economic revitalisation efforts are to the region. National Trust President Paul Leadbeter and Peterborough Mayor Ruth Whittle also spoke, with both commenting on the efficiency of works and the important role that the Peterborough Roundhouse played in the development of the South Australian railways.