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Train an asset to community

Wednesday, 24th February, 2010

* Amanda Rogers, who travelled from Perth, cut the cake with Mayor Wincen Cuy to celebrate the anniversary. Below: Nicholas Struckmeyer, Adrian Werwoll and Julia Kamps, visiting from Germany, enjoyed travelling on the Indian-Pacific after starting the trip in Sydney. * Amanda Rogers, who travelled from Perth, cut the cake with Mayor Wincen Cuy to celebrate the anniversary. Below: Nicholas Struckmeyer, Adrian Werwoll and Julia Kamps, visiting from Germany, enjoyed travelling on the Indian-Pacific after starting the trip in Sydney.

The Indian-Pacific was yesterday linked to the city's heritage as it arrived here to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Mayor Wincen Cuy, who welcomed the train yesterday afternoon, said it provided a great service to the city and was a "fabulous part of Broken Hill heritage". "It is an asset to the community," he said.

The mayor was joined by other local well-wishers who gathered at the railway station to wave the transport icon into the city. The occasion was celebrated with a slice of "birthday" cake. On its original journey the Indian-Pacific left Sydney on February 23, 1970 and arrived here the next day, marking rail standardisation of the transcontinental journey.

Mayor Cuy said the train gave locals access to Sydney and Adelaide and brought in a lot of tourism. He hoped to see it continue as it played an important role in the city's economic and tourism development. The trip takes three nights and covers a distance of 4352 kilometres.

Locals, who welcomed the train and passengers were treated to a slice of sponge cake and were presented with local tourism books.

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