Ride The Historic Mornington Railway
The Historic Mornington Railway Is A Great Day Out For The Whole Family
In 2015 the Mornington Railway Preservation Society celebrated its 30th anniversary and the 125th anniversary of the first train arriving to Mornington. To celebrate, the society known as Mornington Railway for short, ran several trips hauled by the pride of the fleet K163, an 18metre long, 63tonne fully-restored steam locomotive built in Newport in 1941 and one of few K class locos still operating in Victoria today. The steam train from Baxter to Mornington made its first journey on 10 September 1889, much to the delight of locals.” Morningtonians” were over the moon to have an alternative to ships which so often were subject to the vagaries of Port Phillip or the rutted dirt road from Frankston impassable in bad weather. The train brought a new level of prosperity to traders as a reliable transport link gave more opportunity to tourists flocking to the town for holidays and day trips.
The centrepiece of the Historic Mornington Railway is the train hauled by locomotive K163, which was withdrawn from service in 1966 at Ararat, rescued by Frankston Apex Club and transported to Jubilee Park in Frankston in November 1973 where it spent 11 years as a static tourist attraction before being sold to the railway society in 1984, the year of its formation.
The 80 or so Mornington Railway volunteers keep the tradition of steam trains alive and run trips on three Sundays every month from Moorooduc to Mornington. Operating days attract over 500 passengers and delight young and old as they steam down the line just like days of old.
Steeped in history the station’s 27 acre home base located across from the Moorooduc Coolstores, is a magnet for railway buffs; full of rescued and donated equipment including milling machines, band saws, a power hacksaw, metal presses – and rail carriages looking as good as the day they were built while others are waiting to be restored.
As the pace of life speeds up and many pursue the latest gadgets, traveling on a steam train still fascinates many. What better way to spend a Sunday than rolling down to Mornington aboard an historic train carriage hauled by K163, its whistle sounding as it passes through crossings and smoke pouring from the loco to remind us of days when steam was king of railroads around the world?
Tickets to ride
Mornington Railway operates three Sundays a month and on special occasions.
Return tickets: $16 adults, $8 children, $13 concession,
$43 family (two adults and two children)
Children under four travel free