Revamped train park opens
The historic train engine at the popular Paraburdoo Train Park entrance has been re-opened to the public after closing for safety checks for months last year.
The train at the entrance of the park had fallen into disrepair after more than 30 years of use.
It was closed for restoration last year, and remained restricted for an audit for playground safety regulations.
The audit has now been successfully completed and the train re-opened to the public.
The playground train engine was first built by former Paraburdoo resident Bill Green in the 1970s in what was then his unfenced backyard, before its popularity with local children saw it grow into a park that has been open ever since.
Shire of Ashburton president Kerry White said Paraburdoo families were glad to have the train back in action.
“It has been difficult for many young children to not be able to touch the bright and colourful train, however we needed to put the safety of our community first,” she said.
“Now that the works have been completed and the train is deemed safe, it is great to see kids enjoying the train as it was originally intended.”
The playground train engine at the entrance of Paraburdoo Train Park.