South Australian Department of Chemistry – 2’ Gauge Explosives Van

South Australian Railways

2’ Gauge


Class operators: South Australian Railways/South Australian Department of Chemistry

Condition: Excellent

Entered service: 1906

Ownership: Port Dock Station Railway Trust

Withdrawn: 14th December 1964

Entered the museum: 1975


The South Australian Department of Chemistry opened an explosives magazine near Dry Creek, just north of Adelaide, in 1904. Originally horses and drays carried the explosives in magazines overland from Broad Creek. However, the construction of a 2 foot (609mm) Tramway in January 1906 brought this to an end.

This vehicle is one of a number that were pulled by horses on the Tramway from Dry Creek to a jetty at Broad Creek. This jetty was used for the loading of ketches in the North Arm of the Port Adelaide River, east of Torrens Island.

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