Video: Historic steam train tootling around

HUNDREDS of people turned up to Gladstone railway station on Tuesday afternoon to welcome heritage steam train 'Bety' as part of Queensland Rail's 150th birthday celebrations.

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Bety, named after the telegraphic code, started her journey in Brisbane on January 15 and will continue on to Far North Queensland, providing people an up close and personal experience to discover her grandeur.

HUNDREDS of people turned up to Gladstone Railway Station today to welcome heritage steam train 'Bety' as part of Queensland Rail's 150th birthday celebrations.
HUNDREDS of people turned up to Gladstone Railway Station today to welcome heritage steam train 'Bety' as part of Queensland Rail's 150th birthday celebrations. Mara Pattison-Sowden

Gladstone region Mayor Gail Sellers said she'd had a smile on her face when she boarded the train in Miriam Vale on Tuesday morning.

"We haven't stopped waving all the way to Gladstone," she said, adding that people were stopped at many of the crossings to wave the old train past.

The train will be travelling out to Benaraby and back twice on Wednesday before heading to Rockhampton.

For tickets and timetable information, click here.



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