The new South Australian
Light Railway Centre
Light Railways were small, special purpose tramways which were built at minimal cost in many locations around South Australia. They were found in mines, quarries, salt pans, munitions factories, amusement rides, construction sites, agriculture, industries, forests, wineries, jetties, etc. In the past there were about seven hundred Light Railways around the State but now only eight remain, all of them amusement railways except for the 5 Km electric underground line at Olympic Dam.
Two years ago, the Milang Railway Museum decided to celebrate the history of the State’s Light Railways by constructing a permanent display. It received the support of the Light Railway Research Society of Australia and of History SA with the result that the new Centre is now complete. We hope that it will draw visitors from both Adelaide and interstate. Opening hours are the same as the Museum; noon to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
What is a Light Railway?
Within the building we have erected 12 storyboards which tell the history of the main types of lower light railway which operated in South Australia. In front of each there is a model wagon to illustrate the kind of rolling stock which ran on those railways.
In the centre of these is a large map of South Australia with pins showing the location and type of the hundreds of light railways which used to operate around the state. Now only seven remain.
There is also a model light railway which which visitors can drive.
Free train rides on the two foot gauge railway are available on the last Sunday of each month.
The museum is actively seeking additional historic locomotives and rolling stock to restore and display.