PARK LAYS ON TRAIN SERVICE
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.
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.”