Trains start to­day

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Shane Ni­chols

THE Bally Hoo­ley train to­day en­ters a new era as it be­gins car­ry­ing pas­sen­gers through­out this year’s Car­ni­vale, and then in a few weeks’ time in­au­gu­rates a per­ma­nent, seven days-a-week com­muter

Owner and chair­man of Port Dou­glas Steam Train Co, John Mor­ris, this week out­lined the ex­cit­ing plans for the Bally Hoo­ley, which will be­gin full day ser­vices us­ing the diesel ser­vice. en­gine, Mow­bray, six days a week, while con­tin­u­ing the ex­ist­ing Sun­day ser­vice by the for­mer cane train, the steam en­gine Bundy.

He also flagged an idea of run­ning a train ser­vice from Moss­man to the Moss­man Gorge Cen­tre, and has be­gun talks with coun­cil about it.

Lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike in Port Dou­glas will need to be aware that the train line is go­ing to be in use seven days a week, see­ing as the road crosses the tracks in sev­eral places on the route to St Crispins.

Mr Mor­ris re­it­er­ated this point strongly this week.

His train com­pany has ap­pointed for­mer Moss­man Mill ex­ec­u­tive Alan John­son, cur­rently project man­ager with Mackay Su­gar, as CEO. “With his ex­pe­ri­ence, es­pe­cially in safety is­sues, he will be in­valu­able,” said Mr Mor­ris.

“Safety is our No 1 pri­or­ity. We want to make sure the tour desks and lo­cals are ab­so­lutely aware of the train times.”


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