Santa Aboard the Tea and Sugar Train

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Tea and Sugar train,
social history

The Tea and Sugar Train operated from 1917 to 1996 as a supply train for workers on the Trans Australia Line and isolated communities along the Nullarbor Plains. The train would carry varying cars at different times of the year, depending on the needs of the people it serviced, and in December there was a Christmas car with a Santa that travelled from town to town.

These photos of the Tea and Sugar Train Christmas car and Santa c1990 have been recently scanned from slides donated to the Museum from Australian National. NRM volunteer Chris Drymalik has been scanning this particular collection with assistance from Andrew Peters, Collection Manager of Photographs and Audio Visual. The AN Collection holds some real gems and it is always exciting to see what will be revealed next!



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