Call Us: (08) 8952 7161
Shopping cart
There are no products in your cart.

Road Transport Hall of Fame & Ghan Museum

Year: 2011
11abbottjohnchrissy1a 11abbottjohnchrissy2 11abbottjohnchrissy3


Inducted into the Shell Rimula Wall of Fame at ReUnion 2011.


John and Chrissy started in the transport industry in England in 1968 hauling local with a 1964 TK Bedford. John came from a trucking background with his father, uncles and family friends all being "lorry drivers. As the years passed and the business grew John and Chrissy upgraded to two Scania 110 prime-movers and ended up hauling freight all throughout Britain and Europe. It was a holiday to Australia in 1979 that changed their lives.

Visiting Brisbane to see relatives, John and Chrissy were astounded at the opportunities they saw in almost every industry. They applied to emigrate in January 1980 and by 1982 and John had a job hauling interstate freight with a subcontractor for Fridgemobile throughout Queensland and New South Wales. When the chance came John and Chrissy purchased the prime-mover from the owner and continued to subcontract to Fridgemobile.

In the years since John has hauled for many of Australia's legendary transport companies including Vaughan Transport, Hoepners Transport and TNT Bulk in Orange NSW. Until he started with TNT, John operated as an owner-driver with one truck but was keen to expand the business. Within two years , with the support of his wife Chrissy, it grew to become a seven truck operation which continued for many years.

In 1999 John found what he still calls the best job ever. It is with SimsMetal. John started contracting to them in 1999 with one truck and that has grown to twelve trucks. John's and Chrissie's fleet also includes five excavators with their own floats, single, B-double and roadtrain trailer combinations. They operate two 26 metre B-doubles permanently on grain. The immaculately maintained fleet is painted in themes of movies and bands and the trucks never fail to attract a crowd where-ever they go.

John and Chrissy, with their only son Terry, operate a thriving family business in the recycling industry which they say will continue to grow as recycling grows. It is a great feeling for us to know that the next generation of our family is set to carry on within this wonderful industry.



The Road Transport Hall of Fame is a large complex, please allow for a couple hours in order to view all our exhibits and displays.

Last entry 3.30pm Monday to Friday

Last entry 1.30pm Saturday and Sunday 

Opening hours are as follows.

MON - FRI    9am - 5pm

SATURDAY   9am - 3pm 

SUNDAY       9am - 3pm 



YES, We are open public Holiday 3/5


Current Updates


 Festival of Transport LOGO final

 Monday 23rd August to Sunday 29th August

The Festival is on and we are working hard to get everything organised and information out. We are finalising camping options this week and will be able to post up information regarding camping options next week. Stall holders that wish to have a stall on site during the Festival can email us at to request a booking form. The Rimula Wall of Fame is still accepting nominations, the cut off date for entries is June 1st. Inductees will recieve a complimentary registration pass, and this will be sent out to all nominators in the following days.

Visit our shop on this website for ticket and registration options. 

We are need of volunteers to help with the planning of the Festival and during the Festival. If you have any interest please send us an email. 

Online Shop Specials

RTHF Embroidered Uni-Sex Reversible Vest
$75.00 $60.00
You Save: -$15.00
Australian Road Signs Ceramic Mug
$12.50 $7.50
You Save: -$5.00
Highway Replica Models - Bulls Transport
$300.00 $225.00
You Save: -$75.00
Australian Design Tea Towels
$12.50 $7.50
You Save: -$5.00
Australian Ceramic Ashtray
$10.00 $5.00
You Save: -$5.00

Visit Us

92 Norris Bell Drive
Alice Springs, NT

View Map

Opening Hours

Mon - Fri: 9am to 3pm
Sat - Sun: 10am to 3pm
Unless otherwise advised

*Entry Fee Applies

Contact Us


Ph: (08) 8952 7161