ALL ABOARD: Passengers pack into rail carriages at the Glenreagh Mountain Railway on Saturday during a weekend of steam.
ALL ABOARD: Passengers pack into rail carriages at the Glenreagh Mountain Railway on Saturday during a weekend of steam.

Glenreagh on track



THE transport may not look too salubrious, but thousands made their way to Glenreagh over the weekend to jump into cattle carts for a slow rail trip up the mountain.

Despite the possibility of being covered in steam and ash, steam rail enthusiasts came out in droves for one of the first journeys on the line since its rehabilitation.

Many were from the Clarence Valley ... former rail workers or family members. Others simply attended because of a love of steam trains.

There was an equally strong contingent from Coffs Harbour, and some even made a special trip from Canberra to take part in the weekend of steam.

Glenreagh Mountain Railway co-ordination officer Peter Dickson Smith said 1100 people attended on Saturday and there more on Sunday.

"We estimate there would have been about 2500 people," he said.

"It (the success of the weekend) does give us all a nice feeling for the future."

Profits from the weekend will be used for further track and rolling stock improvements.



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