August 2014 marks the 150 year anniversary of the Victor Harbor to Port Elliot Railway Line. The anniversary also incorporates the completion of the Victoria Pier (now known as the Causeway) and the Railway Goods Shed which is currently home to the SA Whale Centre.

To mark the historic milestone, the City of Victor Harbor and SteamRanger Heritage Railway have teamed up to host a range of events on Sunday, 3 August 2014.

“The 150 year anniversary celebrations are a great opportunity to recognise the important role the completion of this infrastructure played in the growth and development of Victor Harbor,” said City of Victor Harbor Mayor Graham Philp.

“The community event is a chance to pay respect to our past whilst showcasing the fantastic services currently available to our community and visitors like SteamRanger, SA Whale Centre, Encounter Discovery Centre and Horse Drawn Tram.”

“Those that attend the community event will have the opportunity to step back in time and find out more about the history of these iconic facilities, and even share some of their own memories.”

Channel Nine’s Brenton Ragless will host a special story telling at the Tram Barn on Warland Reserve at 2pm ceremony which includes an interview with SteamRanger Patron, Sir Eric Neal, and a free community afternoon tea.

The celebrations also include:

  • the laying of the SA Whale Centre time capsule at 11am
  • unveiling of a commemorative plaque at the Port Elliot Railway Station at 12 noon and Victor Harbor Railway Station at 3.30pm
  • hildren’s activities at the SA Whale Centre, and
  • an appearance from the Town Crier.

As a part of the 150 year celebrations entry to the SA Whale Centre and Encounter Discovery Centre, and one way trips on the Horse Drawn Tram will be available for a gold coin donation.

To find out more

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Contact: Michelle James, Communications Officer – 0400 391 386