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Enquiries: PO Box 385, Gympie Qld 4570
Phone: (07) 5482 2750
E-mail: rattler @ mvhr.org.au

The Valley Rattler departs from Old Gympie Station, Tozer Street, Gympie.

Valley Rattler about to depart Gympie, 2004, Lynn Zelmer photo.

The Mary Valley Rattler

The Valley Rattler is one of Australia's most successful heritage railway operations, providing scenic tours of the Mary Valley. Equipment includes an ex-QR C17 and 'Silver Bullet' Railmotor.

Check the railway's web site for schedules and other details.

According to Rod Milne, whose history of the Branch appeared in the ARHS Bulletin (The Mary Valley Branch Line, December 1996, pp 363-374), the QR branch was developed to support the budding pineapple and timber industries, as well as already well-developed dairy industry.

Work commenced in 1911 and was completed in 1915 with a terminus at Brooloo. An extension beyond was approved in 1920 but never constructed. Initial mixed goods trains were replaced in 1928 by rail motor services and goods only trains. Rail motor services were discontinued in 1971; in 1994 portions of the line were closed and services deteriorated further until the line was partially reopened as a heritage railway offering twice weekly tourist services.

This site developed and maintained for Queensland's rail heritage providers. Contents provided for non-commercial use only and are copyright © A C Lynn Zelmer or as indicated. last updated: 25/12/11 [lz: lynn @ zelmeroz.com].