Train buffs to gather for a dose of steam
THE chug of a giant engine and billows of steam return to Glenreagh on Easter Saturday and Sunday as the Glenreagh Mountain Railway hosts passenger trips behind an 1878 steam engine.
GMR spokesman Artie Seewald said that in the first two public outings of the former English locomotive, thousands of people had taken a step back in time.
"Everyone loves it, especially the kids," he said. "We expect a big crowd again.
"They will be able to ride on the train and on the new 1km of track that we have been bursting a boiler to have complete.
"People can ride in an open wagon or in refurbished inter-urban silver cars from the 1950s."
Mr Seewald said GMR had extended its shed, giving all-weather protection in the event of rain. A barbecue also is planned.
Mr Seewald said it was hoped GMR would soon have a second locomotive from about 1890, but it would require 'a stack of work'.
He said it also hoped to get two platform cars, like those from the old western movies with open air platforms at the front and rear of the carriages.