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Train Enthusiast's Video Diary 1988-01-10

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Uploaded on Aug 9, 2011

This video clip of SteamRanger's "Cockle Train" was taken on 10/01/1988 and on this occasion was hauled by their Rx class steam locomotive 224.

The Cockle Train travels along the oldest steel railed railway in Australia. The 30 minute journey joins Goolwa (South Australia) near the mouth of the mighty River Murray to the bustling tourist centre of Victor Harbor (South Australia). Between Victor Harbor and Port Elliot you will travel along some of the most picturesque coastal scenery on the Fleurieu Peninsula, with nothing separating you from the beach below and a perfect view of the Southern Ocean - in winter the home of Southern Right Whale.

Why is this icon journey called the "Cockle Train"? In early days of settlement the local residents would take a horse drawn train to Goolwa to collect Cockles from the sandy beaches near the Murray mouth. It was a great day's outing and thus gained its name.

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