Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Train Whistle Blowing

Residents may be forgiven for believing they have morphed back to a bygone era in late August as the Q150 steam train pulls into the Stanthorpe and Wallangarra railway platform. The Q150 celebrations involve not only honouring the uniqueness of Queensland’s communities, but rekindling the vital thread between rural and city life, of which the Queensland rail system was paramount.

Stanthorpe will be the first major stop for the train and passengers will be able reminisce and learn about the golden age of rail travel – complete with character artists, a celebratory toast, presentations by local historians and a formal welcome by the mayor alongside an indigenous Elder. Prior to arrival in Stanthorpe - during the stop in Warwick - there will be the egging of the Prime Minister, but unfortunately, security restrictions since the original incident prevent a ‘true’ re-enactment!.

To jump aboard and enjoy an historical experience to share with your children and grandchildren, call 1800 QLD 150 (1800 753 150) or visit a Travel Train booking office. To find out more about the Q150 Steam Train visit the Granite Belt Wine Country website.