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Recently the Portarlington Bayside Miniature Railway dedicated a memorial seat in honor of one of its early founding members, the late Arthur Sweatman.
Arthur was involved in the very early days of the railway’s formation during its inception by the Rotary Club of Drysdale in 1995, and was actively involved in all of its activities until his death in 2012. He was a very loyal and hard working member and his voluntary contributions included building four electric locomotives and then later donating the model engines for use on the railway.
This dedication was a fitting tribute for all his untiring efforts.
Arthur was also actively involved with Bellarine Bayside Coastal Management for many years and served with distinction as treasurer on their committee of management.
In attendance at the ceremony in addition to Monica Sweatman and her family were representatives from the Victorian State Government, Bellarine Bayside Coastal Management, Rotary Club of Drysdale, the Vauxhall Car Club, railway members and supporters.
The memorial seat – which is a replica of a Victorian Railways platform seat – has been donated to the railway by his widow, Monica Sweatman.
“It is a thoughtful gift and is very much appreciated by the railway,” railway secretary Brian Coleman said.
The railway is looking for volunteers to help run this unique railway.
Further details can be obtained from the Portarlington Bayside Miniature Railway at PO Box 419, Portarlington, 3223, or from 0476 124 598 or www.miniaturerailway.com.au

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