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Picnic Train happy on tracks

Thursday, 14th February, 2019

By Emily McInerney

Organisers of the Penrose Park Picnic Train say they are very happy with their location, thank you very much.

Discussions about the Visitor Information Centre and the new police station had one local suggest moving the Picnic Train to Sturt Park.

Last week an anonymous reader wrote in to say that “we could do that instead of demolishing a thriving business and great Tourist Information Centre with plenty of parking for tourists and locals.

“A cheaper version would be to shift the picnic train to Sturt Park where there is lawn, shade and amenities.

“Utilise that land for the new police station with access from both Blende and Beryl, and Kaolin streets.”

However, Secretary of the West Darling Machinery Preservation Society, Janet Lord, said they were happy with their block in Blende Street.

“I don’t believe we will be shifted anywhere. I think the idea just came from someone giving their opinion,” Mrs Lord said. “We are quite happy where we are.

“We are in a central location, people pull in to see us when we are running.

“We have our regulars who come for a train ride. We even get tradies coming in for the barbecue.”

Mrs Lord said while they always sell cakes, cold drinks and a sausage sizzle, they haven’t worried about hot drinks.

“We’re right near Gloria Jeans, we’re in a good position. There’s high visibility.”

The Picnic Train has been running at Kintore Reserve since 2001 after a Work for the Dole program laid the tracks.

The Preservation Society reinstated the train to its former glory in the 1950s.

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