RIGHT: Enjoying the centenary train trip to Casino are Kirasie Tate and Bella Aboody, of Lismore.
RIGHT: Enjoying the centenary train trip to Casino are Kirasie Tate and Bella Aboody, of Lismore.

Back on track after a century

A STEAM train rode the tracks between Casino and Kyogle at the weekend, just like it did the first time 100 years ago.

On June 24, 1910, a train carrying passengers bound for Casino made the journey on the newly-completed rail line.

The Lachlan Valley steam train that travelled from Cowra was the centrepiece of the weekend's celebration of 100 years of rail transport in Kyogle.

During the weekend six trips were made between Casino and Kyogle, which attracted visitors from across the Far North Coast and South-East Queensland.

Chris Walker and Vanessa Parry, of Middle Pocket, rode on the train with their children Tallulah, 3, and Angus, 1.

Ms Parry said her children had loved riding on the train, especially because they could open the windows during the trip.

“It was great to experience a bit of nostalgia,” she said.

Trish and Gordon Laurie, of Byron Bay, were also on board with their children Tashi, 5, and Jacob, 10 months.

The train trip brought back memories for Denise Nacsa, of Mullumbimby.

Her father, Frank Gartner, was a train driver based in Casino during the steam era.

Mrs Nacsa's grand-children, Jack, 8, and Neve, 10, travelled from Brisbane to ride on the train with her.

“They loved it,” Mrs Nacsa said.

Best friends Kirasie Tate, 11, and Bella Aboody, 12, came from Lismore to experience transport from a bygone era.

Kirasie said she had never been on a steam train before and was glad to have the opportunity to do it.

Kyogle celebrated the railway station's centenary on Anzac Day this year.

The station opened on April 25, 1910, despite the fact the rail line was not finished.

The station opened early so the Minister for Works, Mr Lees, could keep his promise, made on Anzac Day, 1909, that the rail station would be ‘open within a year', according to Malcolm Wallace of the Kyogle Visitor Information Centre.

The train was brought to Kyogle by the Lachlan Valley Railway Society.

It was the old Singleton Flyer which ran between Newcastle and Singleton and is similar to the old North Coast Mail.

The train completed three trips on Saturday and another three of Sunday.



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