All aboard for tourism

Rachaelle Tyrrell and Hardy Schneider enjoying themselves on board the heritage train when it pulled into the Narrandera Railway Station last Friday.

The Taste Riverina Festival’s role in bringing tourism to the region can’t be understated, with two cruise companies combining forces to bring a heritage train-load of tourists through the Riverina.

The train, which stopped in Narrandera on its way to Griffith, was made up of original carriages from 1935-6, built by the Clyde Engineering Company in Granville.

According to Director at Cruise Express, Hardy Schneider, the heritage loco-motives have been a hit with both the tourists and locals.

“We’ve had a few train-spotters coming along with their cameras. I keep seeing the same cars, I think some of them are following us,” Mr Schneider said.

Most of the fittings inside the trains were completely original, with signage and seats still in good condition.

The trip was co-ordinated between Princess Cruises and Cruise Express. According to Rachaelle Tyrrell, Business Development Manager of Princess Cruises (and former Griffith local), the two companies co-ordinate together frequently.

“We usually do a rail trip and then meet a cruise, a rail and sail,” Ms Tyrrell said.

With first class and second class carriages, the heritage train also contains a buffet car. These particular buffet cars are extremely rare, as only nine were created in 1963 from first class carriages (hence the trainspotters).

The tour spent four nights in Griffith, spending time at local wineries, and stopped at Temora to see the aviation museum.

The vintage train in all its glory. According to Mr Schneider, the trip has attracted quite a few trainspotters on the way.

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