Page 80 - Sandgate Guide December Issue
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 Magic of the Mary
ome on a historic journey and literally travel
back in time with a trip on the restored train known as the Mary Valley Rattler.
Hop on one of the Rattler’s locomotives, rail motors, or guard vans for a scenic trip along the stunning Mary River, which departs from Gympie station seven days a week for a three hour return trip to Amamoor station.
Marketing coordinator Mallory Booth said since the Gympie-Amamoor service began three years ago, it had been constantly booked out, and even pets were welcome.
“Our passengers can ride on the locomotive and rail trains, and our ‘pets on board’ service on the guard train is extremely popular,” she said.
“Guests can travel with their dogs, and enjoy the trip with special seating and water bowls for the furry travellers.”
Mallory said guests loved the authentic experience, and discovering the history of the fleets and stations.
“Not many people are aware that since 1891, the Maryborough Railway has connected passengers from Gympie to Brisbane and the outside world, all thanks to the discovery of gold at Gympie in 1867,” she said.
“The exporting of gold took ten years of political debate and eventually the Maryborough Railway and the Mary River Line won the bid to become Gympie’s main port.“
The Gold export line from Gympie continued on until 1995. The heritage Mary Valley Rattler was brought back to life as a tourist steam train service and began shuttling more than 30,000 passengers a year right up until 2012.

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