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Mary Valley Rattler

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by Di Hill (subscribe)
I love writing, taking photos, travelling and enjoying life. I have a BA of Adult and Vocational Teaching and a Master of Arts (Writing). My business card says Writer, Traveller, Camera Addict, and Bamboo Fan
Published October 4th 2022
Not so hot, but steamy
I have great memories of travelling on steam trains way back in "the day". I went to kindergarten and in my last year of high school, I travelled on a steam train. I remember that the air was filled with the smell of burning coal and we could lean out the windows to watch the passing scenery and often "wear" black soot afterwards.

The loud toot from the engine is something I will never forget. And I love the opportunity to travel on a steam train, so was really keen to go on the Mary Valley Rattler.

I was thrilled to receive, as a birthday gift, a ticket on the Mary Valley Rattler in September. Four adults were in the car that left Brisbane very early on the morning of the trip, and we had an uneventful trip to Gympie, and the old station where the Rattler was to appear for us to board.

At the station, we had a wander around and enjoyed a coffee and more in the cafe, listening to the music of the pianist. We booked to have our lunch there at the end of our train trip.

Mary Valley Rattler, Gympie, steam train, Amamoor
Store at Amamoor

Travellers are expected at the station at 9.15 am and the train departs at 10 am, so there is time to wander around and explore the old station, the cafe and the souvenir shop too.

There is always great excitement when the train is ready for boarding, and it doesn't take long for all the passengers to climb on board and find their seats, with the help of volunteers.

Our destination was, as usual, the tiny town of Amamoor, which is around 20 kms away. The train winds its way over the Mary River, past houses, bushland and farmland, showing us where the recent flooding caused so much damage to the area.

Mary Valley Rattler, Gympie, steam train, Amamoor
Amamoor station

When the train reached Amamoor we left the train and explored the area. Many passengers watched the train engine turn around on the turntable, ready for the return trip.

A small shop across the road had extra business while the train was there. There was entertainment at Amamoor, and our small group had a visit from some of our friends who spend a lot of time in the tiny town.

It really is a great adventure, and a great family trip, especially to show the younger travellers about the way trains were back in history.

Check the website here to learn about the times and journeys from Gympie on the Rattler.

On return to the Gympie station, having lunch at The Rusty Rails Cafe, on the station, is a great way to celebrate a wonderful day.

The Station and Cafe is open 7 days a week, so it is a great place to visit for coffee and a meal.
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Why? Travel on Steam Train
When: Various dates
Phone: (07) 5482 2750
Where: from Historic Gympie Station
Cost: Varies
Your Comment
Hi Di,
Lovely to read your article. I have been meaning to do this for a while. I must get it organised and your article has provided me with the impetus. Marina
by Marina Marangos (score: 3|1235) 56 days ago
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