Re­vamped train park opens

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Ali­cia Perera

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.”

Pic­ture: Neil Hart­ley/ Shire of Ash­bur­ton

The play­ground train en­gine at the en­trance of Parabur­doo Train Park.

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