Southwards from Strathalbyn
The line south from Strathalbyn commences with two easy curves. After the first right hand
curve the line passes through a shallow cutting named after Mr T. Gunn, the contractor
responsible for this section of line. Beyond the second left hand curve the line then
straightens out and runs in a straight line to the south-south-west to Sandergrove.
Shortly after leaving Strathalbyn the old Racecourse platform is passed on the left.
In steam days, regular "race trains" were operated from as far afield as Adelaide.
The line then tracks well to the east of the main Strathalbyn to Goolwa road across gently
undulating country which slopes gently down towards Lake Alexandrina to the east. A number of
small creeks are crossed en route.
The road crossing at Lowanna Road (at the 87km mark) marks the location of the former
Lowanna station, the name preserved as the name of one of the Overland sleeping
All change for Milang!
Sandergrove was the junction for the now closed branch leading to Milang on Lake
Alexandrina. At one stage there was a small turntable here to turn locos working to Milang but
through most of its later life the branchline was operated with Brill railcars. The station
boasted an island platform to allow passengers to transfer from the railcar to Victor Harbor
trains and a goods siding.
The Milang line was closed in June 1970 and Sandergrove station in July 1973. At Milang a
volunteer group has restored the station and preserved some rolling stock. The mIlang to
Sandergrove track embankment can still be followed across the fields and maybe a rail connection
to Milang might be reinstated some time in the future.