Bally Hooley puts birthday back on track
AS a visitor to this beautiful part of the world, it’s not to often you get treated like a local.
We had organised a train trip on the Bally Hooley steam train here in Port Douglas as a bit of a surprise for our son’s 13th birthday (that day). When we got to the station at St Crispins, much to our disappointment, a local woman informed us that the train had some issues and would not be running till later in the day.
I mentioned to her that it was our son’s birthday and he was going to be disappointed.
So to get back on track, we decided to taxi it into town for the Sunday market and catch the train back as planned.
When we arrived at the Marina station to head back to our resort, we were spotted by the women from earlier in the day. She went over (unknown to us) to the train guard and mentioned it was our son William’s birthday and could he have a ride on the steam engine.
Much to Will’s amazement, one of the engineers came over and asked if he could swap hats with him because Will had taken his job. Will got to ride up-front with the train driver while they swapped the loco from one end of the carriages to the other for the return trip.
A grin erupted that would stay etched in our minds forever.
We can’t thank the woman enough for going out of her way to organise this for our son, let alone for people she didn’t even know. The people there are fantastic as far as tourism goes, they go that little bit further don’t they.
It is people like this that make a holiday just that much more special.
A million thankyous.
William Walker on the steam train