All aboard the Santa special

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Christmas cheer: Santa speaks with children on the vintage steam locomotive K163 built in 1941. Picture: Supplied

WITH that festive time of the year fast approaching, Santa is planning a return to Mornington Railway.

Mornington Railway Preservation Society says its Santa Specials will return on Sundays 1, 8, 15 and 22 December, with two special afternoon departures on Saturdays 14 and 21 December.

The rides give children and families the chance to enjoy some Christmas spirit while also experiencing the delights of the heritage railway which opened in 1889. The vintage steam locomotive K163, built in 1941, will be doing the hauling on the one hour return ride.

Other activities to keep families entertained include a jumping castle, Christmas tree decorating, plaster painting, Santa’s Mailbox and photo opportunities with Santa. Hot and cold food and drinks will be available at the Moorooduc kiosk.

The Mornington courtesy bus will take passengers to Main Street, where they can have lunch before returning on a later train.

The Saturday timetable is Moorooduc: 4pm and 6.30pm; Mornington: 4.30pm and 7pm (one-way trip).

The Sunday timetable is Moorooduc: 10.30am, 12pm, 1.45pm and 3pm; Mornington: 11am, 12.30pm, 2.15pm and 3.30pm (one-way trip).

Ticket are adults return: $24; single $16. Concessions: $19 return only; children’s return (4-16): $13; single $10. Family return (2A-2C): $59. Children under four free.

The Mornington Railway Preservation Society is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers interested in preserving Victoria’s rail heritage.

First published in the Mornington News – 26 November 2019

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