Old train offers preview for July's Macksville Railway Centenary

RATTLER COMING TO TOWN: At Macksville Station are (front) Neil Manson, Dakota and Blake Cadd, (back) Mildred Steward, Leanne Welsh, Ben Semple, Pat Kerr, Dannii Taylor, Tina Birtles, Sam Connie and train driver Rob Amadio. Photo by Mick Birtles
RATTLER COMING TO TOWN: At Macksville Station are (front) Neil Manson, Dakota and Blake Cadd, (back) Mildred Steward, Leanne Welsh, Ben Semple, Pat Kerr, Dannii Taylor, Tina Birtles, Sam Connie and train driver Rob Amadio. Photo by Mick Birtles

There is an opportunity to experience a bygone era of Australia's railways on the first weekend of June when the famous Rainforest Rattler comes to town.

As a curtain-raiser to the Macksville Railway Centenary celebrations in July, this icon of the tracks will be offering nostalgic rides and a unique experience from the 'heyday' of the age of rail.

Built in 1923 the Rainforest Rattler is owned and maintained by Lachlan Valley Railways. Reliable and cheap to operate it remained in service until 1985.

The Macksville - Eungai - Macksville shuttle will run Saturday, June 1 at 8:50am and 11:35am then on Sunday, June 2 at 8:45am.

The Macksville - Raleigh - Macksville shuttles are on Saturday, June 1 at 10am and 12:50pm.

Each shuttle is approximately one hour long and you should arrive 15 minutes before departure. The only place you can board and exit the train will be Macksville Station.

There is disabled access available on the Rainforest Rattler, the carriages have toilets and you are invited to bring along your own food and drink if you wish. Limited group seating can be arranged.

To be a part of this historic railway event you can book your tickets by going to www.rainforestrattler.com or for cash tickets go to the Health Focus Pharmacy, 7 Wallace Street, Macksville.

Entry to the Macksville Railway Station is free.

For further information contact Leanne Welsh 0407 682 179, Geoff Minett 02 6568 1265 or Pat Kerr 0498 999 838.

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