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Friday, 20 November 2015

$30,000 GOLDFIELDS TOURIST RAILWAY UPGRADE COMPLETE

The $30,000 upgrade of the Victorian Goldfields Tourist Railway is now complete, Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards, announced today.

The upgrade will provide a safer, smoother journey between Castlemaine and Maldon on the popular service, and reduce maintenance costs for both the track and the tourist trains that use it.

The project involved the replacement of 1000 sleepers along ten curves of the railway line, and the complete replacement of more than 2km of track.

New sleepers were funded through the Victorian Government’s Transport Investing In Regions initiative, while the rail used in the upgrade was donated by VicTrack.

The works were carried out through a unique partnership between Victorian Goldfields Tourist Railway volunteers and inmates of Loddon Prison.

Through the Transport Investing in Regions initiative, the Victorian Government works with local Councils and organisations to build stronger regional communities.

More information about the Transport Investing in Regions program is available at economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/transport/rail-and-roads/transport-investing-in-regions.

More information about the Victorian Goldfields Tourist Railway is available at www.vgr.com.au.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards

“This $30,000 upgrade will make the popular Goldfields Tourist Railway safer and smoother for passengers.”

“A thousand sleepers and more than two kilometres of track have been removed through a unique partnership between railway volunteers and inmates of Loddon Prison.”

“I congratulate everyone who has contributed to this inspiring project, which will make a real social and transport difference here in the Goldfields region.”

Quotes attributable to Victorian Goldfields Railway President, Michael Vines

“Maintaining and upgrading 18km of railway which is over 140 years old is a major undertaking and the assistance of the Victorian Government with this grant has been a really great stimulus to our hard working team of volunteers.”

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