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Road Transport Hall of Fame & Ghan Museum

Year: 2006

Reg PhillipsA Family Business

Inducted into the Shell Rimula Wall of Fame at ReUnion 2006.

Reginald (Reg) Phillips started driving in Sydney delivering new furniture from various furniture stores such as WW Campbell and Symonds Furniture in the 1930s.

Being in transport he was in a protected industry when WW2 started and at the end of the war he bought some ex-army trucks still painted in their camouflage brown and green.  With these trucks he branched out into the delivery of furniture to country NSW.

At the end of the 1940s and the start of the 1950s he started to increase his fleet of trucks operating under the name of Balmain Taxi & Transport Service and extending his operations interstate.  Sometimes he took his children on interstate trips and this was probably how 'the kids' were bitten by the driving bug.

 Reg continued to drive occasionally interstate while operating his fleet of Albion and AEC trucks after he became part of the Mercury Transport Group.  He was then in his 50s.  As the children grew up Bill was the first son to follow dad into the business driving Albions. 

Then Ron came of age and he too started driving for dad.  The call of the road even extended to Reg's sons-in-law and they and their sons have continued in to the 21st Century.  Reg Phillips started a transport dynasty that is still thriving 80 years later.

 "The Museum and grounds have accessible amenities in 2 locations, both equipped with railings and large stalls; One attached to the Old Ghan Tea Rooms and the other between the Kenworth Shed and the trucks in Action (Red shed).  The Public Bus has a lift for people with mobility aids, and the carpark is accessible. A baby change table has been provided in the Cafe amenities.

Check the timetable: Route 300-301 / Click Here for Bus Network Map Please note the buses do not operate on Sunday's or public holidays.

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The Road Transport Museum incorporates, the Wall of Fame, Kenworth Dealers Hall of Fame, Old Ghan train museum and RSL War Museum. It is a large complex, please allow a couple of hours in order to view all our exhibits and displays.

OPEN- Monday to Friday 9 am - 5pm.     Last entries at 3.30pm

Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays - 9am -3pm.  Last entries at 1.30pm

Entry Fees: $25 Adults- $20 Concession- $5.00 Child (6-16 years) $5.00 mini Ghan Train rides

Old Ghan Tea Rooms- Open 9am- 2pm . Closed Tuesday & Wednesday....Check the Daily Specials Board







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92 Norris Bell Drive
Alice Springs, NT

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Mon - Fri: 9am to 5pm
Sat - Sun: 9 am to 3pm
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