For the Easter week end we decided that we would go to Gympie - about 3 hours north and have Easter away
from home for a change. We left on Good Friday, as did every one else who wanted to go away so the traffic
was a night mare.
On the Saturday we went touring around the area to Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach. Gai wouldn't let me four wheel
driving on the beach so the best I could manage was a staying on sealed roads. On the way back we called
into the railway station to make sure that this was where the Valley Rattler left from the next day, as this
was the main reason for the trip - a full day steam train trip. On the way back to the Motel the railway
crossing lights started flashing and I saw some smoke. A quick stop on the side of the road and we managed to
get some photo's of the train. Little did we know that this was all we would see of her as she broke down
on the Sunday and we were pulled by a diesel.
It was still a great day and the Mary Valley that we went through on our way to Imbil is really
beautiful country. Unfortunately the stupid ALP government that we currently have in power wants to flood
the valley and turn it into a dam so that water can be piped for south east Queensland. Not a very bright
idea especially to those people living there.