QUEENSLAND RAIL is celebrating Cloncurry’s 150th year and rich rail history with an historic steam train journey across north-west Queensland to the annual Cloncurry and District Show in June.
Tickets are now on sale for the steam train service departing Townsville on Monday, June 12, and arriving in Cloncurry for the show on Friday, June 16, before the return journey to Brisbane.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport, Jackie Trad, said the Cloncurry and District Show was one of the biggest on outback north-west Queensland’s events calendar for Cloncurry’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
Cloncurry’s sesquicentennial means there are 150 good reasons to visit north-west Queensland in June and immerse yourself in an authentic, all stops to Cloncurry outback steam train experience,” Ms Trad said.
“The district show is an important economic and social event for Cloncurry’s celebrations, just as the arrival of the first steam train was 110 years ago this year.
“It’s a year of important milestones for Cloncurry.
“Queensland Rail’s steam train experience recognises the crucial role rail played in the development of mining at Cloncurry and the region’s ability to move its mineral wealth to market quickly and efficiently.”
The return leg of Queensland Rail’s outback steam train journey departs Cloncurry for Townsville on Tuesday, June 20, and arrives at Brisbane’s Roma Street Station the following week.
Member for Mount Isa, Robbie Katter, said it was fitting that the iconic steam train would help celebrate Cloncurry’s rich transport history.
“Having the steam train in Cloncurry will give people an accurate reflection of the importance of Cloncurry’s rich history as a transport hub,” Mr Katter said.
“Cloncurry was the terminus when the trains first started in the Outback with the line to Mount Isa not being constructed until many years later.
“Organisers of the celebrations asked if I could assist in bringing the steam train to Cloncurry, and I was delighted when the Transport Minister agreed.
“The steam train really paints the picture of the town, and is a reminder of its long and proud association with the rail industry.
“I’m looking forward to celebrating with the great people of Cloncurry and hope they enjoy the steam train’s visit.”
Cloncurry Shire Council Mayor, Cr Gregory Campbell, said the 2017 show’s theme would centre on Cloncurry’s rich history, throughout which rail has played a critical role.
“We are excited to see the steam train roll-in over the show weekend to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Cloncurry and the significant role rail has played,” Cr Campbell said.
“Rail lines spread across Cloncurry in various directions to service the rich mining and beef industries, cementing the railway’s importance in Cloncurry’s history.
“2017 is a year of celebrations for Cloncurry recognising the people and industries that have shaped Cloncurry to this day and the many years of rich history to come.
“The steam train is a great way for residents and visitors to take a trip back in time and relive the experiences of years gone. I encourage everyone to come to Cloncurry and see the train visit in June.”
For more information visit queenslandrailtravel.com.au or call 1800 753 150.