The Kingston Flyer will resume commercial operations on
January 4 after being taken off the tracks earlier this month
because of safety concerns over one of the two engines'
Engine Ab 795 was given the green light by boiler and
mechanical inspectors yesterday and locals and visitors alike
are being invited to go on a special trip tonight, before the
train resumes commercial trips on January 4.
The New Year's Eve trip will run to Fairlight from Kingston,
allowing passengers to see in the new year with a picnic
''It really is a case of `all aboard, toot toot' and I'm
thrilled,'' owner David Bryce said.
While it had been ''extremely disappointing'' to have to
suspend operations while repairs continued on the second
engine, he had known when he bought the Flyer he was making
an ''investment for longevity''.
He said the only anticipated break in operations would be on
January 6, for the second race-the-train event from Fairlight
to Kingston, involving more than 200 runners.
Race organiser Adrian Bailey of Active QT said many people
would be very happy to hear the Kingston Flyer was running in
time for the event. He said the race had already attracted
more than 200 participants and more were likely to arrive
from all over Australasia.
''It's promising to be agreat event,'' he said.
Mr Bryce said train bookings for the summer season were