The District Council of Mt. Barker restored the historic Railway Station
building to coincide with the transfer of SteamRanger from Adelaide in 1996.
SteamRanger volunteers have re-planted part of the garden area which was a
feature of the turn of the century station.
Water for Steam Locos
The water column at the Littlehampton end of the platform is rather unique;
in that it was manufactured at the Glanville Dockyards which for a time
were under control of the South Australian Railways. The water supply came
from the railway and town reservoir, built
just below the freeway and fed into the large overhead tank in the yard
which in turn supplied two columns. A small loco shed stood near the
watertank for many years until relocated to Sedan in 1925.
At the northern end of the yard the line from Mt Barker Junction crosses an
electric turntable rescued from Bridgewater by SteamRanger.
The turntable pit was dug and the turntable installed by our
volunteers and initially the pit resembled more of a lake in Mt Barker’s
wintery weather, due to its low lying situation.
Mt Barker Depot
SteamRanger's locomotive and rolling stock depot occupies the area to the
south of the station originally used as a goods yard and shown behind the Brill
railcar in the first historical photo above. The Depot incorporates the original
goods shed built with bluestone from near Gemmells and other stone from Finniss.
The new depot has been operating since May 1996 and is the new base of operations
for SteamRanger following an enforced move from Adelaide itself due to
standardisation of the main Adelaide to Melbourne rail line.
The heritage goods shed
has been retained as a storage area for the Track Maintenance team.
A new major workshop and loco stabling building has been constructed by SteamRanger
adjacent to the goods shed and designed with a sympathetic roofline.
The three track building accommodates
a comprehensive collection of metal and wood working machinery capable of carrying
out both day to day maintenance and major loco and rollingstock restoration.
Additional under-cover carriage storage tracks run outside the western side of the main
building. Other buildings serve as stores and electrical maintenance work areas
Photo: Locos outside the depot on a busy "Steam Up" day