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AN almost-forgotten chapter of bush racing history was resurrected on Saturday when more than 300 racegoers journeyed from Moree to Talmoi picnic races at Garah in grand style.
The Great Heritage Train Ride, made up of five vintage rail carriages pulled by a 1972 diesel-powered 47-class locomotive, re-enacted a slice of yesteryear as it rambled through cotton fields and grazing paddocks en route to a day at the track.
With scores of onlookers on hand, the race-day special, supplied by Lachlan Valley Railways from Cowra, pulled into "Garah Central" just a tad late, but ever so fashionably.
The lively group of passengers – some dressed in full period costume – were taken by hayride and shuttle bus to the Talmoi racetrack, where they joined a crowd estimated at 2500.
The nostalgic excursion was the brainchild of race club member Maryan Hunter, who said the idea stemmed from similar rail trips in the past to picnic race meetings at Trangie in the central west.
"The idea grew from that – and just kept growing," Mrs Hunter said.
"Picnic racing first began at Talmoi in 1913 and each year in the early days, the train would bring all the horses – and the picnic crowd – to Garah.
"What we wanted to do was re-invent that part of local history and really showcase the district at the same time.
"As soon as word got out that this train had been booked there was an incredible response. At one stage there was a waiting list of 90 people ready to take up any
A follow-up journey for rail enthusiasts and sightseers on Sunday was held up, but not by a late-running rail schedule.
To the roar of "Bail up! Bail up!", passengers feared for their change purses and fob watches as the Ned Kelly gang – comprised of members of the Talmoi race club – emerged from scrub land at the approach to Garah, demanding gold-coin donations for various local charities.
Once "Ned" gave the go-ahead to move on, passengers were met at Garah by horse-drawn sulkies, vintage cars and a swarm of colonial well-wishers.
"The trips really showcased the district and the race club subsidised tickets for kids from Gwydir Industries and residents from Fairview Nursing Home – it was a great gesture," Mrs Hunter said.
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