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“The Savannahlander – The Home Movie” is exactly that, a home movie, - with a professional touch. Our journey started with four of us setting out on a four day holiday to see a part of Queensland we had not seen. The only difference being we all agreed to travel by train rather than by car. What a wise and rewarding decision, as Bill Peach recounts in his wonderful commentary, ‘This is no ordinary journey and no ordinary Train.’
We travel through the tunnels of the Kuranda Range, an incredible engineering feat, built between 1886 and 1891, across the Atherton Tablelelands to Chilligoe, Mt. Surprise and the biggest surprise of all, Cobbold Gorge and a typical Australian bush breakfast at the Undara Lava Tubes. There are two bonus excursions ‘The Savannahlander’ doesn’t and can’t do because the rails are no longer there. We travel along the permanent way to Mount Mulligan, scene of Queensland’s worst mining disaster in 1921 – ‘the day the devil wept,’ and from Lappa Junction to Mount Garnet along one of the most rugged and spectacular railways ever constructed in Australia.
So come along and sit up front with drivers Gary and Pat and ride the rails to Savannahland, a very Queensland experience.
Written and Narrated by BILL PEACH
Additional commentary by
GARY WEST and PAT INSKIP
Produced and Photographed by ANTHONY BUCKLEY
Editing and Sound Design WAYNE LeCLOS
Production Facilities RAPIDSPIN VIDEO
ANTHONY BUCKLEY FILMS P/L
Port Douglas and Sydney, Australia
Reviews & Media Mentions
- ARHS Digest (NSW Div), June 2009
It is the record of a 4 day tour... on this spectacular and unorthodox train journey."
" The two train drivers... add a personal touch... by supplementing Bill Peach's commentary."
"... a must for all rail buffs and an incentive for them to take this great rail journey."
- Dress Circle Magazine (Summer Issue), Nov 2008
"This viewer was led to seriously contemplate travel plans to Far North Queensland as soon as possible."
- Shane O'Neil, ARHS