The Ghan as it was stands beside the railway station at the MacDonnell siding south of the gap.
Waiting for the Ghan to depart doesn't mean these lovely ladies need drop any style.
In the late 1970s I went to Manguri with then local MP for Braitling, Roger Vale to inspect the line and
see how it was progressing. A detailed story on the building of the line will be found
elsewhere in these pages but is quite large. There are many photos of all aspects of the construction.
Roger became one of the driving forces behind the formation of the Ghan Preservation Society which now operates this museum south of town at MacDonnell Siding.
The concept of the Organisation was to preserve a section of the line which could be used for excursions and to establish a display and museum where visitors could see and understand the way the old line worked, its good and bad points, and to preserve the history of this wonderful old train which, more than anything, was responsible for the development of the town.
The station and rolling stock are on display at all times and the museum is open daily 10am, to 5 pm. Adults $5.00 Children $2.50 (6-14 yrs) - Membership Forms are available.
Regular train rides on the old line to Ewaninga, some 45km. south operate and you should contact the museum for times.