Reader goes off over timetable

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

OF­FI­CIALLY opened on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 16, 1907, by Min­is­ter for Rail­ways, Hon Mr Wal­ter True­man Paget, the ser­vice at­tracted mixed pub­lic­ity in its first week.

On Tues­day, De­cem­ber 17, 1907, the Mary­bor­ough Chron­i­cle said the first train was run through to the new ter­mi­nus “with­out cer­e­mony on Satur­day” and en­ter­pris­ing Mr George Bates, “the well-known coach pro­pri­etor, an­nounces in this is­sue that all trains will now be met at the rail­way sta­tion”.

The fol­low­ing day a let­ter to the ed­i­tor, signed “Dis­gusted”, claimed poor no­tice of the timetable.

“The un­for­tu­nate dairy­men who live eight or 10 miles away from the line will be the suf­fer­ers in this case, as they would be in on last Fri­day with their cream and then again on Mon­day, get­ting their Satur­day’s mail at the same time, and will to their sor­row, in most cases find the train gone, so that Fri­day night’s cream will have to stop at the sta­tion till Wed­nes­day’s train, and in this hot weather the cream will be “high” in qual­ity if not in price.

“The Rail­way Depart­ment have just about enough brains to man­age a lolly shop.”

In re­ply to the “valid com­plaint”, the ed­i­tor said the timetable ap­peared in the Satur­day Chron­i­cle, but read­ers of the weekly “Colo­nial” news­pa­per would not have re­ceived due no­tice.

Gayn­dah Her­itage Rail­way Rail Trail is propos­ing to run a tourist rail­way from Mt Law­less to Reid’s Creek.

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