Watch out, trains about!
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The company has also appointed longstanding associates Johnny Young as commuter operations manager and Peter Lloyd as operations manager for the steam train and accreditation supervisor.
Mr Morris said the six-day diesel train service would begin about a fortnight prior to the opening of Hemingway’s boutique brewery at the end of May or early June.
It sits just next door in the Reef Marina adjacent to the Bally Hooley platform on Wharf St.
There’s a great sense of ochave casion about the step up in services by the train company.
Mr Morris has owned the Bally Hooley for around 17 years and said it had been hard work, much of it by volunteers, getting it working again.
But the Sunday steam trains increased in popularity.
“We can now see a need for a commuter service that used to run, gosh, nearly 50 years ago, from Port Douglas to Mossman,” Mr Morris said.
“The smaller run from St Crispin’s into Port will alleviate the parking issues in the Marina in town. And obviously it will attract tourists and also the locals who can park at St Crispin’s and take a train into town.”
The train will be available for group tours too, and weddings and so on.
“People can all come into town as a group, and then take the buses and shuttles back out if it’s at night. It’s great for the visitors and resorts.”
The DSC has indicated its understanding and support for further car parking at St Crispin’s.
The new week-day timetables (right) are being distributed to the resorts and apartment operators.
Recently all the carriages were refurbished and now have speaker systems so the conductor can give a commentary along the route.
“We hope the community gets behind this,” Mr Morris said. “We look forward to working with all involved to make this a success.”
The Bally Hooley steam train was packed last weekend
Johnny Young, John Morris and Peter Lloyd at the Bally Hooley