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The Mary Valley Rattler recommenced operations in October 2018 it was known as the Mary Valley Heritage Railway which commenced operations in May 1998 until it was shut down in 2012 by government regulators due to funding and track safety issues. The railway is located in the city of Gympie about two hour’s drive north of the state capital Brisbane.
It runs both steam and diesel passenger trains as well as two types of railmotors from Gympie Station to the town of Amamoor, previously trains ran to Imbil but flooding and bridge damage forced a curtailment back to Amamoor.The train featured below is hauled by Queensland Railways loco AC16 221A on loan to the railway while their loco was under repair in 2006.
Looking north from the pedestrian bridge at the southern end of Gympie Station yard as passengers get some last photos before boarding. To the left is the steep line going down to the workshops.
Looking south from the northern end of the yard you can see the workshops on the right and to the left of the platform three stored MKA class locos owned by Pacific National.Much of the original structures have been removed like signals, signal boxes as well as goods sheds ect. 2006
After a few powered revolutions of the drivers the steam is shut off and the train runs downgrade until it reaches the former junction with the NCL at Monkland.
The morning train returning to Gympie from Amamoor makes light work of the 1 in 45 grade into Gympie Station from the south.
The kids are excited to be going on the train, mum not so much.
Told the kids they were riding in the dog box.
One of the friendly volenteers poses for a photo while waiting for the afternoon departure.
Loco boiler in the yard
Our train leaving the platform after returning at the end of the day.
The series of photos below shows the preparations for the official return of Loco 967 to service after overhaul. The Mary Valley Rattler ran two trains to Amamoor to celebrate. First up 974 positioned its passenger coaches at the platform.
It then returned to the sheds and pulled out the coaches for 967.
The star of today's event reverses from the sheds up to its coaches.
974 reverses down to the sheds for a ride on the turntable.
Running the regular Sunday train the loco is decorated with Australian flags to celebrate the Australia Day weekend as it passes through Monkland yard. The loco is C17 class No802 and is the regular loco that the C19 class loco featured in most of the photos replaced during its heavy maintenance program.The photo below shows the same train on its return to Gympie just west of the Monkland yard featured above.27/01/08
974 sounding the whistle for the level crossing at the north end of Monkland Yard on the 31/8/19.
Just east of the previous location the Aussie Day train runs over one of the many bridges on the branch just east of Dagun. 26/01/07
The series of shots below shows Dagun yard in its may forms over the years.
After a short stop at Dagun the Yank heads up the grade towards another single timber road overpass between Dagan and Amamoor.
The series of photos below show the family trip we took in 2018 at Amamoor.
The star of the day arrives at Amamoor to a large crowd gathered on both sides of the station. 31/8/19
974 waits across the road so 967 can clear the points then reverse back to the turntable.
Once turned the loco pulled its wagons clear of the station road on reversed into turntable road to let 974 into the station road.
This article first appeared on trainsofqueensland.blogspot.com
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