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A PLAN to bring hundreds of workers by steam train to Ballarat for Eureka Stockade celebrations has been derailed.
It is believed the State Government offered $20,000 to subsidise the train trip to mark the 150th anniversary of both the rebellion and the introduction of rail services in Victoria.
But sources said a ban by train drivers scuttled the initiative.
It is believed the ban was not related to Eureka activities.
The train with 500 passengers was due to leave Melbourne this Friday, 150 years to the day when Ballarat gold miners rose up against colonial authorities.
About 30 miners and six troopers died when the soldiers attacked a workers' stockade built on the goldfields.
A dawn commemoration attended by Premier Steve Bracks will be held at the Eureka site on Friday, followed by a community breakfast and a range of cultural and historic activities.
The steam train, supported by unions including the CFMEU and the ETU, was due to arrive at Ballarat station at 9am.
One union source said: "A number of unions are very unhappy about the ban because it would have been a good opportunity for 500 people to come up together and enjoy the Eureka celebrations."
RTBU locomotive division secretary Marc Marotta could not be contacted for comment yesterday.
Chairman of the Eureka 150 trade union committee Brian Boyd said buses would be used to bring workers from Melbourne, Geelong and Bendigo.
A government spokeswoman was unaware of the cancelled train, but said the Department of Infrastructure often helped subsidise steam train trips to promote railway heritage.
A Eureka miner descendant and convener of the Ballarat Reform League Paul Murphy said he was disappointed the trip had fallen through.
Eureka activities for today include the Eureka Revisited exhibition launch at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery in Lydiard St.
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