Rail Restoration

 
  sulzer Junior Train Controller

Location: QLD
hi all
trying to work out some final details before I take the decision to start a tourist railway
The idea is to restore a pulled up cane line near Bundaberg and operate it as a feeder line to the mills lines juring harvest and also carry passengers throughout the year, but first I need a few answers
1.can a line be reconstructed along an old easement
2.how does it get accredited
3.where can a 2ft loco be purchased
4.who would be interested

hopefully if I can go ahead with this plan it will not be a club but rather a small private business where part time workers are given the chance to vote on decisions that don't affect business running and the private side can deal with the important stuff

thanks Addy

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  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
Please don't take my comments below as gospel, just my thoughts.


1.can a line be reconstructed along an old easement
sulzer


I assume that if you are the owner or lessee of the easement you can construct a railway line on it. If not then, no you can't.


2.how does it get accredited
sulzer


I assume the same as  any other railway. 2ft or under used to be exempt, but I know ASCR had to get accredited, perhaps they can help you.


3.where can a 2ft loco be purchased
sulzer


From someone who has one for sale. Perhaps check some of the mill systems for surplus locos. A quick Google found nothing in  Australia.


4.who would be interested
sulzer


In what? Financing the venture? Riding the trains? Building the railway?
  sulzer Junior Train Controller

Location: QLD
thanks for that
I think the lease is still owned by the mill that once used the line
by the last question I was trying to work out how popular the train ride would be so I had idea if it would be viable, and yeah anyone willing to be payed can help rebuild the line
thanks addy
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
I must say, I'm a bit confused here. You say the land the easement is on is leased to a Mill, do you have permission to actually utilise this land?

Do you have any experience building, maintaining and operating a railway line?
Do you have the financial capacity to take on such a large task?
Perhaps most importantly, do you have the time?

Railways can be an expensive business, and most successful tourist railways in Victoria still rely on a mostly volunteer workforce, as well as government grants for any major works that are undertaken, also they don't have the headache of actually owning or leasing the land, it is still owned by the government.

I in no way mean to deride or patronise you with my post, mearly to query your level of expertise. From the basics you have mentioned, it does seem like a good plan, and if ever up that way, it would be something that I would be interested in experiencing, so, more than anything, I wish you luck.
  BP4417 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Launceston, Tasmania
hi all
trying to work out some final details before I take the decision to start a tourist railway
The idea is to restore a pulled up cane line near Bundaberg and operate it as a feeder line to the mills lines juring harvest and also carry passengers throughout the year, but first I need a few answers
1.can a line be reconstructed along an old easement
2.how does it get accredited
3.where can a 2ft loco be purchased
4.who would be interested

hopefully if I can go ahead with this plan it will not be a club but rather a small private business where part time workers are given the chance to vote on decisions that don't affect business running and the private side can deal with the important stuff

thanks Addy
sulzer
Seek advice from A.T.R.Q. they could probably steer you in the right direction.

3. You would be surprised what is still about and available.
  sulzer Junior Train Controller

Location: QLD
I think I confused myself, it is an easement that was put into use for the mills line to run through property the farmers owned

Do you have any experience building, maintaining and operating a railway line? I've helped mates build full size railways on their property for Fairmont rides and that involves maintaining but you've caught me out no I have no experience operating a railway
Do you have the financial capacity to take on such a large task? yes I already have an established business that is more than capable of affording the expenses of rail travel
Perhaps most importantly, do you have the time? don't you worry I've got all the time in the world when this year is over  
ill check A.T.R.Q out and see how they can help, and hopefully by the end of this year I find a train

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