On Sunday November 9th Tea and Sugar Christmas had a spectacular launch at the National Railway Museum at Port Adelaide.
125 people turned up to hear Lizzie Scofield, MC the day and Marcus Moore officially launch the book. Marcus gave many first hand anecdotes about life along the line and the impact the Tea and Sugar train had on his and his family’s life.
To the background noise of train whistles we heard about characters along the line and how Nicci and Ali Moore, as young girls, had been to see Father Christmas on the Tea and Sugar train.
Bob Sampson, the Executive Officer of NRM also spoke of some of his memories of working on the Tea and Sugar train.
Afterwards the “food of a railway kind” was shared in the Cafeteria car: white bread sandwiches of cheese, corned beef and pickles and curried egg, followed by sultana cake and Bushells tea or International Roast Caterer’s Blend instant coffee!! Took many of us back to a bygone era.
The kids spent most of the day running up and down railway steps into old carriages or riding the steam train or miniature train around the tracks.
$250 by way of gold coin donations was raised for the museum’s continuing work and 107 books were sold.