Derailment handicaps Rattler

JUST when it seemed nothing else could go wrong for Mary Valley tourism lifeline, the "Rattler", along came another track incident.

A weekend derailment brought the train to a halt, without drama or injury.

But the incident has already stolen an important part of the service's much needed school holiday income.

Mary Valley Heritage Rail president Tony Hallam yesterday reported a derailment of one axle on the locomotive tender, during the Saturday afternoon run to Amamoor.

Only last week, MVHR officials told of the need for financial and tourist support to keep the service going, after a rough time with flood damage, maintenance demands and reduced income from extended wet weather and a partial closure of the line for repairs.

"Rail Safety Regulator staff inspected the site on Sunday morning and checked both the tender and track," he said. "Permission was given to tow the carriages back to Gympie and to re-rail the steam locomotive tender and tow the engine back to Gympie."

Mr Hallam said further track inspections would occur today and tomorrow and updated information was available on 5482 2750 or on Facebook.

Gympie Times


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