A full head of steam

Peterborough’s premier attraction, Steamtown, has won the region’s highest tourism award.

And manager Horst Endrulat and his team of volunteers could not be happier with the Advantage SA honour.

“They are absolutely amazed,” Mr Endrulat said of his staff.

“Gaining an achievement is only half the story, but gaining an acknowledgement from outside makes it worthwhile.”

At the Advantage SA ceremony at Moonta last Wednesday, the Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre was announced as winner of the tourism category.

“It is a credit to all our volunteers because they are team members and keep Steamtown ticking,” Mr Endrulat said. “We have about 10 volunteers as tour guides and about eight working on restoration.”

Despite the win, the venue is not resting on its laurels.

“We hope to have a big W-class steam locomotive in our frontyard as an eye-catcher so more people know we are there,” he said.

“We plan to put it on display in the next six weeks. We are negotiating for a crane to lift the 80-tonne locomotive.”

Another new display of diesel transport will be introduced in the next couple of weeks.

Steamtown is a major tourist attraction in the Southern Flinders Ranges.

It is located in the former Peterborough Railway Depot which dates back to the 1920s.

The venue’s unique South and Light Show is the only one of its kind in South Australia.

Local winners of Advantage SA awards for Yorke and Mid North included Port Pirie Regional Gymnastics Academy, Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre, Tracy Vandepeer, Yorke Peninsula Field Days, Brevet Sergeant Luke Hounslow, Savannah Lamb, Golden North Ice Cream and Mathie’s Meat Shoppe.

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