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It was supposed to be a day of celebration, thanking volunteers to their hard work in helping get Ravenshoe Heritage Steam Railway back on track.
Instead, the town's iconic blue locomotive, Capella, blew a fire tube and ended up stranded 300 metres from Log Gully Bridge on Saturday.
On Sunday RavRail was due to officially restart its weekly tourist run to Tumoulin 7.8km down the track following a derailment of four carriages in June last year.
But that had to be cancelled and work repairing the train's boiler is going to keep it out of action for another three or four weeks.
RavRail chairman, Richard Cawood said the stranded passengers were ferried back to the station in a section car.
People who turned up for the cancelled Sunday trip were given free tickets for a later date.
This article first appeared on www.cairns.com.au
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