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The South Coast Express - Major Fundraiser for loco 520

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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
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.

Steamranger Steam Train Cockle Train Victor Harbor
Steamranger Steam Train (©paula mcmanus)

On Sunday the 30th November, the train will leave the heritage listed Mt Barker train station and head to Victor Harbor on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Mt Barker train station
Mt Barker train station (©paula mcmanus)

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.

Southern Right Whale Middleton Victor Harbor
Southern Right Whale, Middleton (©paula mcmanus)

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.

Why not catch the horse drawn tram over to Granite Island and visit the Penguin Sanctuary?

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.

Victor Harbor horse drawn tram
Victor Harbor horse drawn tram (©paula mcmanus)

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

What time:
departs Mt. Barker 10am
arrives Victor Harbor 12.25pm
departs Victor Harbor 2.35pm
arrives Mt. Barker 5.21pm

How much:
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

Where to book:
Steamranger website

You can RSVP on their Facebook page, but be sure to book and be involved in this great fundraiser!

Cockle Train Victor Harbor Goolwa
Cockle Train, Goolwa to Victor Harbor (©paula mcmanus)

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Why? A taste of history
When: Sunday November 30th 2014
Where: Mt Barker to Victor Harbor
Cost: Approximately $80 per adult
Your Comment
I never had you down for a trainspotter Paula :)
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11307) 2399 days ago
I think that's my Sunday of ,now I just need to find someone to go with . Would like the lunch but then you miss out on going to victor , hard choice
by sylvi (score: 2|295) 2387 days ago
Great photos Paula!
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4201) 2349 days ago
This really does bring back memories Born November 1940 East Perth WA .Very close to the railway line Thanks for the memories Terry
by ladyw (score: 1|46) 2399 days ago
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