Trains start today
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.”