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Historic train to visit Towers

It will be a step back in time next week when a historic train visits Charters Towers.

The historic visitor will be Queensland Rail’s steam locomotive and the beautifully preserved wooden carriages that are making their way from Townsville to Cloncurry.

The big day is next Monday, 12 June with the historic train scheduled to arrive in Charters Towers at 1.45pm when passengers will be disembarking from Townsville.

Mayor Liz Schmidt said the visit by the historic train is another opportunity to showcase Charters Towers.

“Deputy Mayor Bennetto and I along with other councillors will be there as an official party to welcome the travellers to the town,” Cr Schmidt said.

“I would encourage locals to be at the railway station and welcome this historic train and the passengers who will be disembarking..

 “I would encourage locals to be at the railway station and welcome this historic train and the passengers who will be disembarking,” Cr Schmidt said.

“Some of our wonderful tourism volunteers will be manning a pop up Visitor Information Centre to meet and greet the passengers as they disembark in Charters Tower.

“And don’t forget there will be plenty of photo opportunities for steam train enthusiasts.”

The tourism volunteers will be providing passengers with information on what there is to do and see in Charters Towers including promotional material from any local businesses that would like to supply information for distribution from the pop-up information centre. This information needs to be with the staff at the Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre at 74 Mosman Street before Friday, 9 June.

While some passengers arriving from Townsville will be Charters Towers residents treating themselves to a delightful experience on the short ride, many will be visitors taking the opportunity to enjoy rail life from yesteryear on this journey from the coast to Cloncurry and back.

The train will be in Charters Towers overnight and will leave Tuesday at 8am with passengers heading west to the Cloncurry Show.

The train has a capacity for 135 passengers. There are still bookings available for various legs of the journey from Charters Towers to Cloncurry and back to Townsville. The itinerary and ticketing information can be found on Queensland Rail’s website or by contacting Queensland Rail or local travel agents. 

Photo: Visitor Information Centre Volunteer team members Jenny Miller (left) and Ann Bridgeman are ready to greet the historic train.

MG 7 June 2017

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