Train buffs have chance to go loco

TRAIN buffs and garden lovers alike are in for a treat during this year's Carnival of Flowers.

To celebrate the Garden City's unique flower festival, Queensland Rail will be operating a newly refurbished, heritage diesel-electric locomotive from the 1960s.

Locomotive Number 1620 will transport passengers between historic Toowoomba Railway Station and the gardens of Spring Bluff.

Since the 1960s, Spring Bluff has been an outstanding example of a station garden and has been a frequent winner in the Carnival of Flowers garden competition.

QR passenger executive general manager Paul Scurrah said the locomotive represented the transition period in Queensland's rail history between steam and electrified passenger trains.

The train will operate daily between this Sunday and Saturday, September 27. Tickets cost $16.50 for adults and $8.50 for children. Bookings can be made at the Toowoomba Railway Station or by phoning 4631 3381.

Steam train trips between Toowoomba, Helidon and Brisbane organised by the Australian Railway Historical Society for the Carnival of Flowers are fully booked.