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Upon purchasing tickets, each child received a Thomas photograph certificate. We were directed to a table where the volunteer staff patiently stamped each photograph and handed out a goodie bag to each child. These consisted of colouring in pictures, a juice box, tiny teddies, gummy bears and a balloon.
The small station also has a kiosk where you can purchase refreshments. Hot drinks and packet soup were very popular as parents desperately tried to keep warm.
After a loud whistle and large gush of steam, we were able to board. It was such a delight to see the private leather-seated booths. The children took their seats as we bravely rolled down the wooden framed rickety windows, turning our breath into mini steam engines ourselves. We closed our door in a vein attempt to keep some warmth in our cabin.
After another steamy whistle we slowly departed. The journey from Mooroorduc to Mornington is approximately 20 minutes. The view is magnificent. Especially in the cold, wet and misty weather we experienced. The steam highly visible amongst the mist covered tree tops.
Unfortunately, due to the heavy rain, once we arrived at Mornington we didn't disembark to take a closer look at the surroundings. If the weather was more kind, you have around 10 minutes to spend at the station before the train departs. Alternatively, you can opt to spend a bit longer looking through Mornington and get a later train back. Mornington station also has a kiosk and bathroom amenities.
It was all aboard again as we begun our journey home. The whole trip took about 40 minutes.
The kids loved it and it felt like you had travelled back in time.
The tourist railway is owned and operated by volunteers. The dedicated staff are of all ages and each and every one of them are truly passionate about trains and really love what they do.
For a fraction of the price of more well known steam trains, it is a lovely way to spend a morning or afternoon. They run 3 times a day on the first 3 Sundays of the month. They also have special event days, like the Teddy's day out. The next event is a Father's Day special.
I love a steam train through the bush. My grandparents property bordered a railway and many's the time Nan had to rush out and get the washing in before the steam trained passed (it would leave little black coal spots on the clothes). It's terrific that todays children can still experience this.