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Archival material collected by the ARHS (SA Division) is now combined with the archives of the National Railway Museum at Port Adelaide, who also hold a wide range of records from the South Australian Railways (SAR)and Commonwealth Railways (CR).

Other material can be found in the Mortlock Library collections of the State Library of South Australia and in Local History collections under the control of local Councils.


A number of well illustrated books have been published by the ARHS from time to time, featuring major locomotive classes, selected branch line operations and other preservation topics.

These publications have been updated and complemented in recent years by publications issued by the National Railway Museum



Railway Periodicals are another valuable source of information.

Three major periodicals have been published by the ARHS and/or the NRM. A full set of back copies of each is held in the State Library of South Australia Mortlock Library and can be consulted in the library.

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of each periodical or to download full text versions of 200 of the most interesting articles.



A specially selected set of over 120 representative historical images directly related to the Victor Harbor line can be downloaded from this page.

They date from 1850 to 1950 and picture stations, rolling stock, track and special events.

Some are archived on SteamRanger's website server and others are accessed through clickable hyperlinks to the State Library of South Australia's Mortlock Library.

Click on the subject headings below to access the images



Prior to the ARHS SA Division being restricted to running solely on the Victor Harbor branch in 1999 it operated enthusiast trains to a wide range of locations across the State

Most of these tours featured locomotives and rollingstock now utilised on the SteamRanger Heritage Railway

Each tour was described by a specially produced brochure. A representative collection of these brochures has been preserved and can be viewed here

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Please Note: This collection is currently under development and additional brochures are being added regularly


Mt Barker Depot 1997-2001 - the first 6 years

SteamRanger's loco and rolling stock depot, built on the site of the disused goods yard at Mt Barker station, became fully operational in 1997 following transfer of our activities from Dry Creek.

In its first six years the depot facilities were steadily expanded and major restoration tasks were then able to be completed, including bringing loco Rx207 and loco 621 back to operational service

This portfolio of some 250 images chronicalling the contributions of both our paid staff and volunteers illustrates the diverse range of activities conducted in and around the depot
in the period from 1996 to 2001.

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SteamRanger has produced a number of videos which record our operations on the Victor Harbor line and on a number of country and interstate excursion dating back several decades. These are available in our station shops and by mail order from PO Box 16,Camden Park.

Research Assistance
Assistance with more detailed research may be available from the National Railway Museum
at Port Dock Museum, Pt Adelaide, South Australia.

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