Old Ghan Heritage Railway and Museum facts for kids
|Location||Norris Bell Avenue, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia|
The Old Ghan Heritage Railway and Museum is an Australian railway museum in Alice Springs, Northern Territory.. It is attached to a tourist railway. It is operated by the Road Transport Historical Society which also operates the adjacent National Road Transport Hall of Fame.
Following the closure of the Central Australia Railway, after a new standard gauge line to Alice Springs opened in 1980, the Ghan Preservation Society was formed in 1981 negotiated lease on a 25 kilometre section of the closed line from McDonnell Siding, just south side of Alice Springs, to Ewaninga Siding with Australian National. Work proceeded slowly until a $800,000 grant was made by the Australian Bicentennial Authority in 1987. The line was reopened in October 1988.
Services were operated by WAGR W class steam locomotive W924 and Commonwealth Railways NSU class diesel locomotive NSU58 hauling carriages formerly used on The Ghan. Services no longer operate, with the rolling stock now on static display.
Old Ghan Heritage Railway and Museum Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.