The iconic Rotary Train will be offering joy rides at the annual Father’s Day Expo & Market for what could be the last time on Sunday.TYLA HARRINGTON September 5, 2014 3:22am
After offering joy rides in and around Deniliquin for more than 40 years, the iconic Rotary Train could be making its last trip on Sunday.
Roads and Maritime Services recently informed the Deniliquin Rotary Club that its train requires an engineering certificate, which could cost the club more than $3000 each year.
Rotarian Tony Kew says because the club is a charity organisation it cannot afford to meet the costs required to meet RMS regulations.
The train will be available for joy rides from 10.30am to 4pm on Sunday at the annual Father’s Day Expo & Market at the Pretty Pine Recreation Reserve.
Mr Kew encourages everyone to attend the market, and for children to take what could be their last ride in the popular Rotary Train.
‘‘It’s quite sad that it has come to this,’’ Mr Kew said.
‘‘This could be the last time the train will be in operation.
‘‘We’re looking at other options but we have not been given many.
‘‘The problem is the train is classified as an amusement ride, which includes much bigger machines and rides.
‘‘Obviously these bigger machines must be compliant, but for us to get the train to Wagga to be inspected, it can’t be done when we are a charity organisation.
‘‘The train only reaches 20 kilometres an hour and is equipped with seatbelts, and the rides are always conducted in a safe and controlled environment.’’
The Rotary Train was built in 1970. It was originally a Triumph car that was made into a train, which included two carriages being attached.
Since being built it has become a popular attraction, offering joy rides at school fetes, race days and other local events.
‘‘We really have had a great time throughout the years,’’ Mr Kew said.
‘‘Kids have always enjoyed it and it’s always been a popular attraction.
‘‘It will be sad to not see it at all the events anymore.
‘‘It has grown to become a bit of an icon in the town.
‘‘We don’t get it out every weekend but probably a dozen times a year.’’
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