Light-rail vehicles the key
PAPERWORK has been the downfall of many a great idea.
But thanks to Rail Riders founder Neil Oppatt, the mountain of paperwork that goes into making a rail line business is one hurdle the Burnett Boyne Rail Line Preservation Group can overcome.
“By their very nature railways require substantial safety systems, but this is where we can help,” he said.
Because Rail Riders Ltd already has Australian Rolling Stock and Safety Systems accreditations, a Monto rail park would be able to come under this umbrella.
And any reinstated track will meet Rail Riders’ Australian Track Standards and Regulatory Compliance frameworks.
“Ongoing maintenance, insurance and track reinstatement costs will still be significant, but we have already been through the rig moral of meeting these regulatory standards,” Mr Oppatt said. “If you hadn’t done it before, getting this accreditation would be difficult.”
The other major benefit in the Rail Riders plan is that they would provide the light-rail vehicles.
“Historic lines running heavy trains have struggled, all over the world, to cope with ongoing funding costs for maintenance and rolling stock,” Mr Oppatt said.
But light-rail cars are much cheaper to run, do less damage to the old lines and can run on tracks of lower standard, so reducing the maintenance costs.
Mr Oppatt suggested with this huge potential for tourism sitting in our backyard, now is the time for a surge in community support.
Jock McLurcan, Jack Muller, Neil Oppatt, Drew Forsyth, John Gurney and Mike Goebel all have high hopes for light-rail tourism in the North Burnett area.
Neil Oppatt says the Many Peaks to Kalpowar line certainly has the “wow” factor.
Neil Oppatt and John Gurney were impressed with the condition and infrastructure of the line.