THE temporary absence of the Mary Valley Rattler from much of its regular tourist run out to Imbil had shown the importance of the service, Gympie councillor Julie Walker said yesterday.
Speaking at Kandanga, Cr Walker expressed optimism that the Valley's traditions of volunteering would get the Rattler back on track promptly.
The Mary Valley Heritage Rail's train tours had resumed as far as Amamoor, Rattler president Tony Hallam said yesterday.
He said this followed completion of track assessments.
The Rattler services were now operating four days a week to Amamoor, with the first train running yesterday, he said.
"Staff and volunteers are working to return services through to Imbil and expect a resumption over the whole length of track by the end of the month," he said.
"It is good to see the wheels rolling again, and tourists enjoying the heritage experience offered by the Rattler and the Mary Valley.
"The Rattler is contacting passengers, businesses and organisations to advise of the resumption of services."
Cr Walker said sleepers needing replacement had been identified.
She said replacement sleepers were already being cut for the job.