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Riding the Tocumwal rails

More than 20 rail enthusiasts chugged their way to Tocumwal from Melbourne as part of an Association of Railway trip at the weekend.

February 20, 2013 4:10am

Association of Railway members Bruce McLaren and his wife Barbara with English visitor Nigel Eacock and the train driver (far left).


They arrived on board a 1930s built diesel train known as ‘rail motor 58’, which has been recently restored.

After disembarking from the train in Tocumwal, the passengers were treated to a bus tour of the region including Finley, Berrigan and Cobram.

Among the enthusiasts was Nigel Eacock, who came all the way from England to be involved in the journey.

He travelled from his home in Chelsea to Darwin, where he then boarded the Ghan to get to Melbourne for the Tocumwal trip.

While in Tocumwal on Sunday, local tourism volunteer Barb Bell said the rail enthusiasts were shown the museums and tearooms at Tocumwal Railway Station.

‘‘We were told that our displays of memorabilia were some of the best they had visited.’’

Association of Railway was formed in 1961. It now has 600 members who go on many tours.

Last year members went to Japan, and this year plan to visit Europe.

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