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Monday, 28 July 2008

Brown Bomber locomotive to ride the rails this Sunday


It's full steam ahead this Sunday as the historic Brown Bomber steam locomotive chugs into Roma Street station in Brisbane to carry passengers in its vintage carriages once again. 

Out of action for repairs and modifications in 2007, the Brown Bomber C17 974 locomotive was reintroduced to the fleet this year and is ready to rattle and roll for the Steam Train Sunday event on August 3.  

QR Passenger Executive General Manager Paul Scurrah said Steam Train Sunday had never been more popular.  

"Steam Train Sunday last month was a great success running at 93 per cent occupancy for the day, with over 850 passengers travelling on 'The Yank' locomotive and its carriages," Mr Scurrah said. 

"The event offers families and train buffs a rare opportunity to experience remnants of a bygone era. 

"QR's heritage fleet is a proud reminder of how far train technology has come over the years." 

The Brown Bomber will operate three departures this Sunday 3 August from Platform 10 at Roma Street station at 9.35am, 11.25am and 1.10pm on a return trip to Pinkenba.   

"From young children to those with fond memories of a time when steam trains ruled, Steam Train Sunday will more than deliver on experience, especially with Queensland's iconic loco – the Brown Bomber – up front," Mr Scurrah said.  

Bookings are essential and places are strictly limited - call Traveltrain Holidays on 1300 732 087 or visit your local QR Travel Centre to secure your seat. 

Each departure has a capacity of 300 passengers and steam train fans and families are being urged to book their tickets early to avoid disappointment. 

Tickets are priced at $15.40 for adults and $7.70 for children over four, $2.20 for children under four, with a special family fare of $44.00 (2 adults and 2 children) also available.  

"QR continues to be extremely proud of our heritage fleet and we look forward to welcoming passengers to Steam Train Sunday this weekend," Mr Scurrah said. 

For more information on upcoming Steam Train Sunday events visit www.citytrain.com.au 

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