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Revved up and raring to go

Revved up and raring to go

A group of local history buffs are feeling the squeeze.

The Barossa Valley Machinery Preservation Society’s home which they lease in Tyne Street, Angaston is bursting at the seams with engines, tractors, trucks and other historical machinery and they need to move.

Society secretary for the past eight years, Mr John Richardson said the club know where they want to go and have full support from The Barossa Council, but they are stuck in a stalemate situation at the moment.

“We’re negotiating with The Barossa Council to move up to the Railway Station in Angaston when it gets handed over to Council from State Government,” said John.

Having been waiting for “probably four years” the Society has already restored the Goods Shed at the Angaston railway precinct thanks to a government grant and a lot of hard work from members.  

“The old turntable is still there, we want to preserve that and we’re negotiating to try and get the old water tower funnel back too.”

But, now they are biding their time as they wait for news from the transport minister, a position which has changed hands numerous times since Council first made its formal request to transfer the site’s ownership from State Government to Local Government.

“We’ve got 58 members at the moment and we’ve got a lot of stuff stored in member’s sheds around the place because we haven’t got the room here. We want to get our own place.”

Hundreds of items, dating from between 1901 through to the 1950s, are stored in the Tyne Street location with many donated by the likes of Colin Angas and other Barossa families. 

Most items have a connection to the region with an old Hawke and Co. crusher built in Kapunda and a 1954 Chevrolet truck formerly owned by T. Kraehe of Seppeltsfield, amongst the impressive collection. 

Much has been restored to working condition by members for future generations to enjoy and histories are continually collated for many of the local artefacts.

 “It’s just unbelievable what’s in here – there are some very rare engines,” John said.

Such is the growth of their collection, that the Society would like to build a shed of at least 1,000 square metres at the railway precinct.