Bally Hoo­ley puts birth­day back on track

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

FIRED UP:

Wil­liam Walker on the steam train

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