Notes:THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD ONLINE AND IN PERSON AT THE QFHS FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH CENTRE i.e. A HYBRID MEETING. GUEST SPEAKER: GREG HALLAM, HISTORIAN WITH QUEENSLAND RAIL Greg Hallam has been with QR/Queensland Rail since 2000, and has been the Historian for the organisation for (nearly) all of the past 21 years. Greg is a third generation member of the Queensland Railways, with a grandfather commencing as a locomotive cleaner in Bundaberg in 1911. Greg is a post-graduate of the University of Queensland, and had been active professionally in the community history and cultural heritage field for nearly 30 years. Greg has some published work behind himself, has travelled Queensland extensively in times past documenting the story of the railways and their connection to the State, and has also been fortunate to have travelled from Brisbane to Mareeba, Longreach and Charleville behind steam locomotives for various anniversary events sponsored by Queensland Rail (and even had his ‘office’ set up for a while in the Guards Van of a steam train between Emerald and Longreach, and to Mareeba…) 2023 will be 70 years since the first air conditioned trains entered service on the Queensland Railways. The Inlander commencing in 1953, and the venerable Sunlander in June 1953 (until its being withdrawn in 2014). Other air conditioned trains also entered service the following year in 1954, the Midlander and Westlander, however, the route north and going for the sunshine of north Queensland really began in the mid 1930s. How Queensland Railways promoted the journey north for the tourists, how the Sunshine Express for twenty years was a tourism experience in itself and how the ‘Lander trains changed so much of train travel in country Queensland in the 1950s will be the topic for our talk. Presenting... times vary between 1pm and 7.30pm Please check the calendar carefully. You are welcome to attend as a visitor. Note: This event is held in QLD time, AEST: no daylight saving. (GMT+10) Please register your planned attendance on Eventbrite whether you are planning to attend in person or online.