Tourism rail link on track
THE Derwent Valley Railway is steaming ahead with plans to establish a tourist link from New Norfolk to National Park as it works on broader plans to carry cruise ship passengers directly to one of the state’s most popular wilderness areas.
Its initial proposal, to take passengers from New Norfolk to Mt Field National Park, has the backing of the Derwent Valley Council and a feasibility study is under way.
Last week the railway collected some redundant track from the Macquarie Point development to reuse as part of its project.
Mr Owens said the group was grateful for the material given by the Macquarie Point Development Corporation.
A rail group from the North-East also visited the site last week to see if any of the remaining rail was of use.
MPDC CEO Mary Massina said she was pleased to see sections being reused.
“This is about supporting tourism throughout Tasmania, not just our site,” she said.
Mr Andrews said the tourist rail proposal had huge community support and it was good to see an official assessment of what its economic impact might be getting under way.
“One of the options we are looking at for the future is to extend our operations back towards Hobart to collect cruise ship passengers and take them directly to the Mt Field National Park,” he said.
“It is a fantastic destination with a number of short walks available. The National Park railway station is directly adjacent to the entrance to the park.”
No trains have travelled the line since 2005 and the DVR’s tourism plans have been on the backburner for even longer.
The Derwent Valley Railway Preservation Society was formed in 1990. It bought the assets of the Tasmanian Locomotive Company and conducted short trips in the area.