The Society has over the past 12 months been assisting Mark Cauchi in researching the Anderson to Wonthaggi Railway Line.

Mark is a noted Railway Historian and author who is writing a book “Rails by the Sea”.

This month in the Newsrail Magazine, October 2021, there is an extract from the book on the Anderson and Kilcunda railway line. Including many photographs and research that Society assisted in providing to Mark.

The magazine has a series of excerpts from Mark Cauchi’s forthcoming new book on the building of the railway line through Kilcunda; the initial rail connection from Woolamai to the Powlett River coalfields achieved through the use of a temporary line with steep grades and sharp curves which operated while the permanent line, with its substantial earthworks and magnificent trestle bridge, was constructed.

A personal recollection from Don Schroder, who grew up on a farm on the line between Anderson and Kilcunda, with trains running right past the front of the family home (and occasionally stopping right outside the front to save Don and his family the walk from the station! We look forward to seeing the final publication of Mark’s book which should be out soon. The book will hopefully be available for sale at the museum in the coming weeks. What a great Christmas gift idea if you are a Railway tragic, or just enjoy or wonderful history.

Stay tuned for when books are available. Well done Mark