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THEMARY VAL­LEY RAT­TLER, for­merly Mary Val­ley Her­itage Rail­way, con­ducted steam train trips and tours from Gympie through the pic­turesque Mary Val­ley from 1984, and was one of the re­gion’s great­est tourist at­trac­tions, de­scribed as Aus­tralia’s third big­gest her­itage rail­way. It was shut down for safety rea­sons in 2012, and since then ma­jor cost blowouts have de­layed its rein­tro­duc­tion. How­ever, fol­low­ing an­other ma­jor in­jec­tion of funds from Gympie Re­gional Coun­cil, the Rat­tler is ex­pected to be op­er­a­tional again in June this year. This his­toric 40km jour­ney, in a re­stored C17 steam train, starts at the gold rush city of Gympie, and af­ter cross­ing the Mary River, ne­go­ti­ates curves, gra­di­ents and bridges to pass through the small coun­try vil­lages of Da­gun, Amamoor and Kan­danga to Im­bil.

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