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Botanic Gardens steam train rides back on track

Phil Partridge, Alan Edwards, Ross Driver, Greame Timson with the Stream train at the Botanic Gardens.
Phil Partridge, Alan Edwards, Ross Driver, Greame Timson with the Stream train at the Botanic Gardens.

The Australian Sugar Cane Railway steam trains will be chugging along the Botanic Gardens track once more after a break of more than two months due to fire bans.

According to Australian Sugar Cane Railway member Ross Driver, the two steam locos at the gardens was forced to halt rides due to local fire bans across the region.

“Now that fire bans have been lifted, we can begin the steam loco rides once more,” he said.

“We are absolutely excited to get them back on track, with the first steam train rides happening this Sunday.”

With more than 630,000 passengers travelling on the trains since 1978, The Sugar Cane Railway at the Botanic Gardens has proved to be one of the region’s most popular attractions.

The gardens track stretches along a 2km circuit, with each train ride taking in all the sights and sounds of the gardens.

The journey takes you across several bridges, past several ponds, through the heart of our locomotive workshop and past other attractions such as Café 1928, Hinkler house, the Hinkler hall of aviation, Fairymead House as well as the Chinese Gardens.

Phil Partridge and Ross Driver giving one of the locomotives a final clean before Sunday.
Phil Partridge and Ross Driver giving one of the locomotives a final clean before Sunday.

Ross said having been part of all the action on the trains for many years, his favourite moment of each ride was seeing the smile on the faces of passengers.

“Just to see the enjoyment, it’s fantastic,” he said.

“People love having a look at the gardens and everything that Council has been doing to the area, it really is a great trip.”

The steam train rides will start up again this Sunday at the Botanic Gardens and will continue every Sunday thereafter.

Prices for train rides are $4 for adults, $2 for children and free for those below school age.

Family tickets can also be purchased for $14.

To find out more, visit the Australian Sugar Cane Railway Bundaberg Facebook page here.

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