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The State Government has announced the final two locations of three brand new train stations for the Gold Coast as part of the Cross River Rail.

Rail commuters could discover next month where Brisbane's proposed underground tube-style train network will run, but Fortitude Valley businesses fear they will miss out.

Cross River Rail project director Luke Franzmann yesterday told a Fortitude Valley Chamber of Commerce lunch a decision on which of three short-listed options would be made soon.

Planning has now begun for the proposed extension of the Gold Coast light rail to Burleigh Heads following the success of the trams during the Commonwealth Games.

While most of his neighbours are still sleeping in a suburb south of Wollongong, Harris Cheung is out of bed, preparing for the almost two-hour commute ahead of him.

In the second half of the 20th century, train travel went off the rails. Air travel was faster, more glamorous and eventually cheaper. Highways took over. Trains were for misfits and backpackers and travelling salesmen checking into heartbreak hotels, but a new generation of trains, including high-speed ones, is generating a buzz, with travellers realising that trains are reliable, convenient and full of the clackety-clack promise of adventure.
"Train travel is on the rise the world over," says Randy Powell, chief executive of Canada's Rocky Mountaineer, which tracked a 135 per cent increase in bookings in the second half of last year. It's part of an explosion in rail holidays that combine train travel with hotel stays and even cruises.

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