The Mornington Railway Preservation Society (MRPS), which is the not-for-profit incorporated association that manages the MR, was formed out of a public meeting in 1984 with the objective of securing access to the then-closed Mornington railway line. The vision was to reopen it as a heritage railway, focusing on the operation of steam-hauled passenger trains. In 1991, after seven years of hard work and lobbying, the MRPS was granted a State Government Order in Council, which gave the MRPS access and operating rights to the line, so it could be operated as a tourist railway.
Work on the Mornington Railway is still very much in progress. Much has been done, but a great deal more remains to do, and much potential still lies untapped. Some of the exciting projects scheduled for the future include:
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