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MORNINGTON Railway Preservation Society has trucked its steam train K163 to Newport for repairs where it became a drawcard during the Steamrail Victoria Open Day, 7-9 March. The arrival of K163 was a homecoming of sorts as it was built at Newport in 1941 at workshops which were built in 1882. The K class locomotive was a mainstay of the Victorian railway network from the 1920s up to the end of the steam era in the 1960s. Renowned for their dependability, the locomotives ran mostly on branch

lines and several have been preserved and are operating around Victoria. The Mornington preservation society restored K163 in 1986, and it now regularly hauls restored timber “red rattler” carriages on the six-kilometre line from Moorooduc to Mornington stations. The society wants to raise $25,000 for the steam engine’s Sunday trips. Incentives to donate include being able to drive the overhauled K163 when it returns to service. Details: gofundme.com/f/keep-k163-going For details about train rides go to morningtonrailway.org.au/

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire has moved its Tuesday 24 March meeting from Peninsula Community Theatre, Mornington to the Rosebud council chambers. “A live online stream that gives real time access to the meeting will be established and the community is being encouraged to access the meeting this way, and not to attend in person,” the mayor Cr Sam Hearn said. “This is one of a number of measures we are putting in place to protect our community in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.” “This prudent approach to council meetings will remain in place until further notice and we will update our community as things unfold.” The live stream at mornpen.vic.gov. au/councilmeetings will be in place for the Monday 23 March proposed 2020-21 budget meeting, 7pm, Rosebud Chambers. Questions from the public for the Tuesday 24 March council meeting can be submitted online at council. reports@mornpen.vic.gov.au

Salvos help out THREE Salvation Army officers at the Benton’s Square Woolworth’s early opening trial last week helped soothe what could have been a distressing morning for some elderly shoppers. “We were there in our uniforms from 7am to 8am Tuesday, and there was a big crowd,” Ms Taylor said. “There was no panicking, but it was subdued. Many people appeared to look quite vulnerable, possibly because shoppers on other days had gotten cranky with them; we helped take their fear away,” Salvos’ Mornington pastor Debbie Taylor said.

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