Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia.
Enjoy a train trip from a bygone era
The 520 steam engine is living history. It was built in 1943 and worked on the railways serving as a passenger and freight train till 1947. It was used specifically to get goods to the troops during World War II - the 520 was extremely fast and reliable and was used for the run to Port Pirie and Melbourne.
This 520 is owned and operated by the Steamranger Heritage Railway, which is run entirely by volunteers. The members are keen to keep this iconic train on the tracks and are hosting a family day out to raise much needed funds to complete its restoration.
The train will pass through the scenic Mt Lofty Ranges to Strathalbyn where a rest stop is scheduled. At this stop there will be plenty of time to jump out and take some photos.
Boarding again, the train then moves on to Goolwa, approximately 40kms down the track. Goolwa is a seaside port; it's where the mighty Murray River meets the ocean and is the gateway to the Coorong National Park.
From Goolwa, the train follows the coast along to Middleton (for those who have booked for lunch) and then Victor Harbor (for those who haven't). The train ride from Pt Elliot to Victor Harbor is magnificent - the sea views are simply wonderful and you can hang your head out the window - the kids will love it.
There is a stop of almost 2 hours - plenty of time to wander around Victor Harbor and take in a few of the main tourist attractions.
The return trip stops at Middleton to collect the lunch diners and then it's back to Mt Barker via Goolwa. There is another photo opportunity stop at Finniss before the train lugs and chugs it's way back up into the Mt Lofty Ranges and then home again.
The steam trains attract a lot of attention - people come out of their houses and wave at the trains going past - it's a reminder of days long gone - the nostalgia and romance of steam engines and of long summer holidays at the seaside.
Sunday 30th November 2014
departs Mt. Barker 10am
arrives Victor Harbor 12.25pm
departs Victor Harbor 2.35pm
arrives Mt. Barker 5.21pm
Return rail Mount Barker to Middleton, including 3 course lunch: Adults $80, Children $47.
Return rail Mt Barker to Victor Harbor only:
Adults $71, Children $37