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Easter Holidays - special rail services
« on: April 26, 2011, 05:59:27 PM »
The meltdown on the roads every Easter gets worse by the year.  It would be a good move to introduce some Easter Rail specials. For example extras to Maryborough on the Thursday before Easter and return on the Monday.  Similar trains could run to Toowoomba, with perhaps  motor-rail options as well.  Maryborough is electrified so no problems there. Toowoomba might be a little more difficult but they should be able to put together a couple of consists.

They could have Easter egg hunts as well.



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Re: Easter Holidays - special rail services
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2011, 06:06:05 PM »
Translink puts on Easter specials ... oh, it is a different TransLink to the one we love ..

http://www.translink.co.uk/Special-Offers/Easter-Offers/

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Easter Offers!
View All Offers

Translink Family & Friends Ticket >>
Metro Family Day Ticket >>
Easter Monday Family Trains >>

The Translink Family & Friends Ticket and the Metro Family Day Ticket will be introduced during the school holidays from Saturday 16 April – Sunday 1 May (inclusive).

In addition, the annual Easter Monday Family trains will operate to Portrush from Belfast and Londonderry.
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Re: Easter Holidays - special rail services
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2011, 06:10:47 PM »
The meltdown on the roads every Easter gets worse by the year.  It would be a good move to introduce some Easter Rail specials. For example extras to Maryborough on the Thursday before Easter and return on the Monday.  Similar trains could run to Toowoomba, with perhaps  motor-rail options as well.  Maryborough is electrified so no problems there. Toowoomba might be a little more difficult but they should be able to put together a couple of consists.

They could have Easter egg hunts as well.



David Gibson is happy about another rail service for Gympie commuters.
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How much happier it would be if there were several rail services ...



Agree wholeheartedly, Gympie North frequency is unfortunately measured in days ...

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Re: Easter Holidays - special rail services
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2011, 06:14:01 PM »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNghfeNiayk

Swanage Railway Easter Specials
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Re: Easter Holidays - special rail services
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2011, 06:33:58 PM »
With rising costs, including fuel costs, tourism operators who rely on the daytripper buses to deliver tourists/customers from Brisbane (the typical 'pensioners' day out) have reported a drop off in custom, due mainly to the higher cost of the bus component.  Some bus companies require a 40-50 confirmed passenger load before trip can occur.  There are reports that tourism groups are looking to build a two or three-day break in and around Gympie, based around people making their own way to Gympie by train, using the new daytime service (thereby eliminating the bus from Brisbane), being bussed around locally and staying the night, before more touring the following morning, then taking the visitors to the train for a daytime return to Brisbane, from where they can make their own way home after 4.17pm

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Re: Easter Holidays - special rail services
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2011, 08:08:19 AM »
From little things big things grow.  The new day service to Gympie North is a real beginning and opportunity.  It is heartening to hear that some are viewing it in that light.
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Re: Easter Holidays - special rail services
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2011, 08:59:03 AM »
They could have Easter egg hunts as well.
A hunt for the service?

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Re: Easter Holidays - special rail services
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2011, 07:02:07 PM »
In Japan, extra long distance services are added around public holiday periods. Having travelled on a holiday special, it was packed out! Great value 5 day tickets (such as the Seishun 18) are also available over holiday periods. Sadly, Queensland isn't in Japan.

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Re: Easter Holidays - special rail services
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2016, 04:40:20 PM »
Brisbane Telegraph 28 March 1952
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/216485919?searchTerm=easter%20special%20trains&searchLimits=l-state=Queensland

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Special Easter trains
Many special trains
will be run in Queens
land to carry the Easter
holiday passenger rush.
Starting at 6.59 a.m. there
will be 11 trains for the South
Coast- on Thursday. April 10;
five on Good Friday and on 5
Easter Saturday: four on
Easter Sunday; five on Easter
Monday, and four on Tuesday.
April 15.
Starting on Wednesday,
April 9 many extra trains
will run to the North Coast,
the service as far as Cairns
being augmented.
On April 10, from 8.20 a.m.
onwards, 17 trains will run.
After work three will
leave for Gympie within an
hour. Connection will be
made at the junctions to all
branch lines. On other
Easter - days additional
trains will run.
Holiday makers for the
Darling Downs and south
western towns will be catered
for by an augmented service
the first train leaving Brisbane
for Gatton at 6.54 a.m.
On the Thursday nine
trains will leave Brisbane
connecting with branch lines
and towns as far away as
Goondiwindi.
Special trains with excursion
rates have been provided
for the Australian ' Band
Championship Contest at Ipswich
from April 7 until April
14, and for the Queensland
Eisteddfod at Maryborough
also during the Easter season.
Excursion tickets will be
available throughout the State
and will be issued from Mon
day, April 7, until Monday.
April 14.
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Re: Easter Holidays - special rail services
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2016, 03:30:07 AM »
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25th March 2016

Easter Special Trains

Greetings,

Happy Easter!  Providing you and yours survive the road carnage I guess.

Once upon a time we had lots of Easter Special Trains.  We had a real community then too, people talked to each other, as they journeyed to various holiday destinations.  These days, lets be frank - it is a gauntlet of mayhem, injury and death.

We have a railway network.  Encouraging people onto safe modes of transport will help in reducing the cost of the road carnage - rail is 40 times safer than road.  To do that rail services have to be there to use.  No attempt is made to do this, it is all just too difficult these days it seems.

The meltdown on the roads every Easter gets worse by the year.  It would be a good move to introduce some Easter Rail specials. For example extras to Maryborough on the Thursday before Easter and return on the Monday. Better services to Gympie North.  Trains could run to Toowoomba.  Maryborough is electrified so no problems there. Toowoomba might be a little more difficult but they should be able to put together a couple of consists.

It is time we looked at ALL options.

Don't poison yourself on chocolate!

Best wishes,
Robert

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Brisbane Telegraph 28 March 1952
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/216485919?searchTerm=easter%20special%20trains&searchLimits=l-state=Queensland

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Special Easter trains
Many special trains
will be run in Queens
land to carry the Easter
holiday passenger rush.
Starting at 6.59 a.m. there
will be 11 trains for the South
Coast- on Thursday. April 10;
five on Good Friday and on 5
Easter Saturday: four on
Easter Sunday; five on Easter
Monday, and four on Tuesday.
April 15.
Starting on Wednesday,
April 9 many extra trains
will run to the North Coast,
the service as far as Cairns
being augmented.
On April 10, from 8.20 a.m.
onwards, 17 trains will run.
After work three will
leave for Gympie within an
hour. Connection will be
made at the junctions to all
branch lines. On other
Easter - days additional
trains will run.
Holiday makers for the
Darling Downs and south
western towns will be catered
for by an augmented service
the first train leaving Brisbane
for Gatton at 6.54 a.m.
On the Thursday nine
trains will leave Brisbane
connecting with branch lines
and towns as far away as
Goondiwindi.
Special trains with excursion
rates have been provided
for the Australian ' Band
Championship Contest at Ipswich
from April 7 until April
14, and for the Queensland
Eisteddfod at Maryborough
also during the Easter season.
Excursion tickets will be
available throughout the State
and will be issued from Mon
day, April 7, until Monday.
April 14.


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Re: Easter Holidays - special rail services
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2016, 06:27:58 AM »
Letter to the Editor Queensland Times 28th March 2016 page 21

Forget the highway and ride train instead

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Re: Easter Holidays - special rail services
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2016, 01:32:28 PM »

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