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Townsville is now home to a new outdoor museum celebrating a rail line linking the north Queensland coastal city to the west.
The $3.2 million heritage walk in Townsville will trace the development of the Mount Isa line.
The walk features historic rail installations dating back to the late 19th century.
The rail line was first established to capitalise on the gold rush in places like Charters Towers before expanding further west to Mount Isa.
Queensland Rail spokesman Michael Mitchell says the rail line will continue to be vital to the state economy.
"The more things change the more things remain the same and we see that rail lines, particularly the Mount Isa line, will continue to be a vital link for industry and the state," he said.
Mr Mitchell says a number of other industries also relied on the infrastructure.
"It's not that long ago and even currently today that railways continue to be the heartbeat of a state like Queensland, so supported agricultural industries such as grain, livestock, trade and also critical passenger links," he said.
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