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On Monday 24 October 1983, the Don River Railway ran its first mainline train, which just happened to be steam hauled by CCS23. It was a short jaunt with long-term repercussions. Firstly, an empty stock movement with three steel cars (BBL-SS-SSD) from Don to Devonport; then the loaded return run from Devonport station to Don for people attending the Australian General Practitioners' Congress. The success of this short trip laid the foundations for future preserved steam and diesel operations in the state. Pictured, the loaded return run from Devonport to Don quietly steams north-west, passing the old north yard and redundant loco depot - now a beautiful rose garden.