Q150 Steam Train comes home
THE Walkers-built loco hauled the Q150 Steam Train back to its home in Maryborough yesterday, where it was built in 1956.
Fraser Coast Mayor Mick Kruger began an official welcome and Town Crier Ken Ashford fired the heritage cannon on the station platform.
To honour the historical arrival of the engine, councillor Linda Harris donned a pair of gloves and hat.
“It's all very exciting,” Ms Harris said. “It's only appropriate to celebrate such a milestone for the state.”
Mr Kruger said it was fitting the train was visiting Maryborough.
“The city's impressive rail history dates back to 1873 when its famous old engineering company Walkers built Queensland's first steam engine,” he said.
“To take a steam train ride to Mungar from Maryborough West station is also a fantastic opportunity for Fraser Coast residents.”
The Q150 Steam Train will travel to more than 30 locations around Queensland, from Cairns to Quilpie and Wallangarra.