ALL ABOARD: Angela Clark with her labrador Kayok on the Fitz Puff Puff train. Photo: Jojo Newby
ALL ABOARD: Angela Clark with her labrador Kayok on the Fitz Puff Puff train. Photo: Jojo Newby Jojo Newby

Fitz the Puff Puff Train is back

ANGELA Clark is chugging along at full steam in the lead up to Christmas.

The Grafton identity has been overwhelmed by the support of the community after her replica Christmas train and replica Mac truck were stolen and damaged earlier this year.

She initially had concerns the "Fitz Puff Puff" train may not operate this Christmas due to the extent of the damage, but Clarence Valley businesses have chipped in to get it back on track.

Jim Leslie from Leslie Farm and Garden Machinery called Mrs Clark and offered to fix the lawn mower which tows the train after reading her story in The Daily Examiner.

"He picked the train up from the police station and did absolutely everything to fix it - even supplying most parts," Mrs Clark said.

"A guy from Wiblen Exhaust and Mechanical, who I'd never met, supplied us with a new exhaust."

Wayne Monkhouse from Grafton City Batteries donated a battery to keep the vehicle on the tracks.

"It was such a kind, wonderful gesture from business people in our community," Mrs Clark said.

"I'm just so grateful."

Her Turf St home in Grafton will be lit up in its usual Christmas light display, and the train will definitely be running.

"I'm madly trying to get things done and get everything built," Mrs Clark said.

All profits from the display go directly to the Westmead Children's Hospital.



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