In the narrow gauge days of the Peterborough Division of the South Australian Railways (SAR), the eastern boundary ended 146 miles away (235 km) at Cockburn on the South Australia – New South Wales border. The Silverton Tramway Company was responsible for the last section through to Broken Hill.
Terowie was approximately 15 miles (24 km) to the south east of Peterborough. It was the change of gauge between narrow and broad gauges (from Adelaide). One of Terowie’s claims to fame is the location of US General McArthur making his famous statement ‘I have come out of Bataan and I shall return.’
Quorn was 80 miles (129 km) to the north west of Peterborough. This line was part of the original route to central Australia and was extremely busy during WWII. One of the stations on the line – Eurelia – even had a staffed refreshment room in the goods shed. You can see pictures of the room and staff on the Eurlia submenu item.
Port Pirie Line
Port Pirie was at the western end of the Peterborough Divison, some 109 km) from Peterborough. Port Pirie was the nearest port to Peterborough and the site of the silver-lead smelters. It was the regular supply of ore from Broken Hill to Port Pirie that made the Peterborough Division one of the most profitable Divisions of the SAR.