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Volunteers of Broken Hill's beloved Penrose Park Picnic Train hope the community will get behind plans that will see the train relocated to the park.
Broken Hill City Council plans to upgrade the local Queen Elizabeth Park, with the train being relocated there to allow for the construction of a new police station at the train's current location of Kintore Reserve.
Alongside new facilities such as toilets and picnic areas, the plan includes railway-themed changes for the park, including the picnic train relocation, building a train storage shed and replacing the existing playground with a railway-themed one.
Built in the early 1950s, the picnic train was found abandoned at a station in 1990 by the West Darling Machinery Preservation Society.
It has been operating the train since 2001, with train rides around Kintore Reserve, a popular family attraction
Society president Rex Lord said better shaded and more child-friendly amenities made Queen Elizabeth Park a much better location for the train.
"I think it'll definitely benefit the public and the town," he said.
"We can have birthday parties down there, give the kids somewhere to go after the party.
"They're talking of putting lights down there for us so we can also have twilight events, and I think that'll be fairly big hit for the younger people in town."
Elizabeth II at Broken Hill during her two-month tour of Australia in 1954.(Supplied: Ray White)Mr Lord said the society's seen up to 500 locals come out to the train on special days such as Christmas and Easter, and donated money to worthy causes such as helping support local cancer victims.
He said he hoped the community would now support the train moving to Queen Elizabeth Park, with council's plan currently on public display.
"The new location is going to be better, we just need the public behind us to keep it going," he said.
In the meantime, he said, maintenance work would be done on the train and a third carriage installed for handicapped use.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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