QUEENSLAND Rail's heritage steam train will receive a welcome befitting her grandeur as she arrives in Gladstone on Tuesday as part of Queensland Rail's 150th birthday celebrations.

Queensland Rail senior manager heritage Greg Fill said thousands of hours of painstaking work had gone into restoring the steam train to ensure it was in pristine condition for its journey.

Staff and volunteers have overhauled steam locomotives BB18 ¼ 1079 and 1089 and nine wooden carriages that will make their way up to North Queensland.

The train arrives at Gladstone station at 2pm.



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