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The Love Train - Mary Valley Rattler

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by Leanne McCabe (subscribe)
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How much romance can you have on a train?
Valentine's Day 2020 will be one that I will remember for a long time. My husband and I were lucky enough to travel on the inaugural "Love Train" or as it more commonly known The Mary Valley Rattler.

steam train
The "Love Train"

The drive from our home on the Sunshine Coast was just over an hour to where our journey began at the Gympie North Railway Station.

No Love Train yet - but lots to look at

As part of our special evening, we had a free drink and lovely canapes, so upon arrival, we went straight to the cafe and ordered a very nice glass of white wine.

A nice glass of wine ... or two

While the Valentine's Day crowd gathered, the train drivers and engineers moved the steam engine from one end of the train to the other so our romantic trip could get under way.

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The Steam Engine is ready to go

Everyone was excited, so when the call "All aboard" came, we boarded our carriage. We were in carriage 720, which has been lovingly restored and maintained. There were even fairly lights which added to the romantic atmosphere.

The inside of the train was lovingly restored and cared for

Along the way the friendly staff delivered a lovely box of scrumptious nibbles, including the most delicious lemon flavoured cheese, as well as bread, cured meats and grapes. The drinks cart made numerous rounds and the champagne was certainly flowing.

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The train meanders it's way up the tracks

Thanks to the recent rainfall, the scenery along the way was spectacular. Fields and mountains of lush green and creeks and dams full of water spotted the countryside.

So lush and green after the recent rainfall

After a 45-minute train ride, we reached Amamoor. It is a quaint little town where the train engine turns around, ready for the return journey.

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This is where the engine turns around ready for return trip

It was a chance for some more delicious canapes, another drink and a great photo opportunity with my valentine.

Me and my valentine xxx

Once again, it was "All aboard" for our trip back to Gympie station. The sun was setting as we left the Amamoor station and the trip home was so relaxing and a lovely way to end this wonderful Valentine's Day.

A beautiful sunset added to the romance

At the station there was a band, more food and drinks and a lot of fun was had by all who stayed on and danced into the night.

Not for these lovebirds though, we said farewell to our new friends and had a lovely drive home chatting all about our "Love Train" ride and wondering how on earth we will beat that next Valentine's Day.
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Why? To enjoy the romance of yesteryear
When: The Mary Valley Rattler runs all year
Phone: (07) 5482 2750
Where: Mary Valley Rattler, Gympie North Station, Gympie
Cost: from $49 per person
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