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Mary Ann Replica Steam Loco
The Original Mary Ann was designed to haul Kauri Pine logs from the Cooloola forests to Tin Can Bay. The engine hauled trucks of logs on a wooden tramway, the sleepers and rails for which were milled with a circular saw driven by the engine. Three miles had been constructed when it was decided to hold an official opening on the 30th October 1873. The function was attended by important Maryborough people including the Mayor. A piper named Duncan played a part in the ceremony and he can be seen standing to the left on the engine.
The Replica Mary Ann was built as a tourist attraction for the City of Maryborough in 1999 by Wm Olds and Sons Pty Ltd. The replica is operated by volunteers of the Maryborough Whistle Stop Inc on the 3 foot 6 inch gauge Queensland Rail tracks in Queens Park on the last Sunday of every month, on special occasions and each Thursday "Maryborough Market Day" also at Queens Park.
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