Almost 60 people travelled on the Toolamba-Echuca rail line in an old diesel locomotive train before arriving in Deniliquin on Saturday.May 6, 2014 3:50am
Deniliquin’s Marj Pocklington and Max Gunn check out the train with one of its drivers, Michael Welch.
There was lots of local interest in the diesel locomotive heritage train that rolled into Deniliquin early Saturday morning.
The overnight passenger train brought almost 60 people plus crew from Melbourne, travelling on the Toolamba-Echuca rail line before arriving in Deniliquin for a day of sight-seeing.
It is the first passenger train to run on the line since it was recently re-opened.
The train’s coordinators, 707 Operations Inc, a small and wholly independent rail heritage group, parked the train on the railway tracks near Hardinge St for the public to peruse.
Passenger Michael Foley of Aspendale said the trip saw passengers spend the night in sleeper cars to arrive bright and early in Deniliquin.
‘‘The train left Melbourne about 9pm on Friday and arrived here at about 5.10am on Saturday,’’ he said.
‘‘We have seen the majority of people that were on the train looking down the main street of Deniliquin.
‘‘We had a look at some of the landmarks and enjoyed lunch at the Globe Hotel.’’
707 Operations committee member Nathan Watt said the mainline train group had ‘‘really great feedback’’ from this speciality overnight trip.
‘‘We have diesel and steam engines cart railway enthusiasts around the region,’’ he said.
‘‘We usually host about four to six-day trips per year to places such as Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo.
‘‘This has been a really positive experience.’’
Another passenger train is planned to return in October for the Deniliquin Ute Muster.
A crowd watched on as a fire threatened three houses in Casey St, Tatura yesterday afternoon.
The Yarrawonga Pigeons scored a 20 point victory over the Myrtleford Saints at the JC Lowe Oval in Yarrawonga on Saturday.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
The River Rats took on Lodden Murray in a strong game on the weekend in their Regional Superleague hockey match in Bendigo fighting out a win in what new coach Chris Mathew called a great result.
FOUR Rochester residents did more than their bit for women’s cancers mid last month when they trekked 60km around Melbourne to raise funds for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
Tongala Football Club lost to Rumbalara in the Murray Netball League on Saturday by 14 points.
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Members of a Cobram social group have encouraged women to become a part of community groups, committees and boards.
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ix industry and local government representatives, five water services committee members and two community members have been appointed to the new Connections Stakeholder Consultative Committee.
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