Ex­press mini-rail

PARK LAYS ON TRAIN SER­VICE

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

FOR­GET about Opal card price hikes and scram­bling for a seat – there’s a train ser­vice chug­ging to western Syd­ney.

Plans for a minia­ture train for Nur­rag­ingy Re­serve at Doon­side have been re­vealed.

The fam­ily-friendly at­trac­tion is on track to be com­plete by the end of the year af­ter Black­town Coun­cil signed a li­cens­ing agree­ment with North Western Model En­gi­neers and Western Syd­ney Park­lands Trust last week.

Pas­sen­gers can board a mix of elec­tric, steam and diesel-pow­ered lo­co­mo­tives set to loop around the pic­turesque park.

North Western Model En­gi­neers ran the mini-train at Lud­den­ham un­til Oc­to­ber 2014 when it shut to make way for Badgerys Creek Air­port.

The

non-profit

group’s pres­i­dent Roger Jones said the first stage would be a dou­ble loop to take pas­sen­gers on a 10-minute jour­ney.

Black­town Mayor Stephen Bali said: “Th­ese minia­ture trains are big enough for peo­ple to ride on and can pull up to two tonnes of car­riages and peo­ple.

“Trains ap­peal to adults and chil­dren of all ages and th­ese trains have the spe­cial ap­peal that you can ride on them.’’

Mr Bali said if the at­trac­tion proved a suc­cess, it would ex­pand so pas­sen­gers could be picked up from the carpark to the re­serve.

“The minia­ture rail­way could also ex­pand to take peo­ple on en­vi­ron­men­tal tours. The tracks have less im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment than a walk­ing track,” he said. “All aboard! I look for­ward to see­ing ev­ery­one en­joy­ing them­selves on the Nur­rag­ingy Ex­press.”

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