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.
The Bureau of Meteorology has released a severe weather warning for regions that include Shepparton. It includes damaging winds and the potential for flash flooding.
Pete O’Neill and Abby Hicks are national champions at the completion of the 2015 Australian Barefoot Championships held last week.
GVAC women Rachel Pratt and Jacquie Fitzpatrick showed the men, and the large crowd at Rushworth Speedway on Saturday, March 28, they have what it takes when competing in the men’s classes.
Two international backpackers have taken aim at contractors who hired them to pick fruit in the region without payment.
Rochester boxing coach Chris Trewin and his team of dedicated trainers have been hitting the bag for more than six months and the results are beginning to show.
Local MP calls for community applications
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Concerned Costerfield residents had the chance to voice their antimony health concerns last week after an independent facilitator was appointed.
Strathmerton clinched a win in the high-scoring game against Mathoura on the weekend in the PDFL North West competition.
Deniliquin swimming dynamo Stephen Dalzell has finished 13th overall in his preferred event at the Australian Age Championships.
Murray Goulburn Co-operative has set a date for a special meeting to vote on a new capital structure.
Emergency services are on scene of a two-car crash on the Midland Hwy, near Benalla. Two people have died. Traffic is being diverted.
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