Passengers turn back the clock on historic train

A TRAIN of a bygone era stopped in Bendigo on Saturday as a group from the Diesel Electric Rail Motor Preservation Association of Victoria travelled to Piangil, near Tooleybuc.The historic Diesel Electric Rail Motor stopped at Swan Hill overnight before proceeding to the end of the track at Piangil.Secretary Colin Kelly said rail motors used to operate out of Bendigo in the 1970s to the late 1980s, and travel to Swan Hill, Cohuna, Robinvale, Kulwin and Echuca.“We went up to Piangil and had a station sign made up so we all had a group photo with that,” he said.Mr Kelly said 47 people, including the crew, boarded at Southern Cross Station on Saturday morning before more people were picked up in Gisborne and Bendigo.“The last heritage train went on the same track in 1999 so we thought we’d do it again,” he said.“It’s just a different ambience on rail motors; you can open the window and it has a wooden interior. It just has a lot more character than trains these days.”

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