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.
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