The Goolwa Railway Station is now only used by the Steam Ranger Tourist Railway. On some occasions they actually do run a steam train, but the day I was there recently this diesel train was being used. Known as the Redhen, these trains were used on Adelaide's metropolitan lines between 1995 and 1996.
The railway, opened in 1854, was the first in South Australia, linking Goolwa and Port Elliot. At that time the train was horse drawn. The railway was built to transport goods carried down the River Murray. As the mouth of the river was too treacherous for shipping, the port was established at Port Elliot.
Ten years later the line was extended to Victor Harbor, as Port Elliot was also proved not to be a safe harbour.
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