Weekly, on a Sunday lunchtime, I chat to my brother in Australia, the subjects are many and diverse but last week he mentioned he had been playing at a gig in Mornington. In the continued discussion I reminded him about the fish and chips we had eaten some years ago whilst watching the sun go down at Mornington, this had obviously slipped his memory but it hadn’t left mine. It’s that name you see, it sounds so similar to the title of the 1960s Seekers hit “Morningtown Ride”; I was singing it then, and I’m still singing it now!

Train whistle blowing, makes a sleepy noise,
Underneath their blankets go all the girls and boys.
Heading from the station, out along the bay,
All bound for Morningtown, many miles away.

Sarah’s at the engine, Tony rings the bell,
John swings the lantern to show that all is well.
Rocking, rolling, riding, out along the bay,
All bound for Morningtown, many miles away.

Maybe it is raining where our train will ride,
But all the little travelers are snug and warm inside.
Somewhere there is sunshine, somewhere there is day,
Somewhere there is Morningtown, many miles away.

OK, so the little place in Victoria, Australia may have nothing whatever to do with the Morningtown in the song, but there did used to be a railway at Mornington, and the Seekers were Australian!

The Mornington railway line was a rural railway operating on part of the former Victoria Railways branching off from the Stony Point railway line at Baxter and running to Mornington Peninsula near Melbourne.. The line operated for 92 years before closing. Ten years later the line was reopened as a heritage railway.

The photo shown here was taken at Mornington some years ago whilst eating fish and chips watching the sun go down. The gulls, the same as in Wales and the world over, were waiting for us to throw out chip or two.

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