Watch out, trains about!

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -


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

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