The Salvation Army’s brass band leaves for Goondiwindi on board the steam train Saturday morning.
The Salvation Army’s brass band leaves for Goondiwindi on board the steam train Saturday morning.

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SPIRITS were high as the Southern Downs steam locomotive pulled out of the Warwick station early on Saturday morning with 21 Salvation Army members on board.

The Salvation Army's brass band warmed up for their performances during the weekend with a brief performance on the platform.

Captain Cathryn Williamson said the band had been practising for three months in anticipation of this weekend.

“As the Warwick Salvation Army church's boundary encompasses Goondiwindi Shire we had planned the trip as part of our evangelical campaign to reach our larger community,” she said.

“With our acting band-master Adam Cole's involvement with the Southern Downs Steam Railway, and the train trip already planned to Goondiwindi, we saw this as a perfect opportunity to incorporate the train trip into our weekend plans.”

South-east Queensland mobile mission co-ordinator Neville Sinnamon said many people think of the Salvos only as a welfare organisation but it is first and foremost a church.

“While this weekend's purpose was to communicate God's love, it is not all about religion, it's about creating a presence in our core area,” he said.

“We tried to choose some well-known songs such as Yellow Submarine and adapt them with Christian lyrics to help people relate to us more.

“The weekend was a tremendous opportunity for outreach and the steam train presented a wonderful way to travel as a group,” Mr Sinnamon said.



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