Re: Scarborough, Queensland
Hi very interesting. I am seeking any information on the carribean gardens train and one which used to run at Whistle stop amusement park in Frankston. Both in Victoria.
Any info would be great.
From: LRRSA@groups.io <LRRSA@groups.io> on behalf of John Browning <ceo8@...>
Sent: Saturday, 26 December 2020 11:59 PM
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Subject: Re: [LRRSA] Scarborough, Queensland
The train ride described by Greg appears to be the successor to the one that operated at Redcliffe from 1944. This was in the amusement complex known as "Luna Park" and was at Sutton's Beach. It was established by the Redcliffe Town Council who leased the rights to operate it to Wirth & Scott, who included a small railway circuit. It has been pointed out that Redcliffe would have been a magnet for US troops on R&R towards the end of the Pacific war. In 1950, Luna Park was taken over by the entrepreneurial Catholic priest Bart Frawley of St Bernadette’s Parish, and used as a fundraiser, particularly for Catholic school development. The locomotive was a loosely steam-outlined petrol powered machine.
There were quite a few such trains of around 2ft gauge which appear to have operated in amusement parks and drive-in theatres in the period between 1945 and 1970 and only a few have been documented, so thanks to Greg for providing information
on this one.