DVR and Corona virus precautions

 
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Diamond Valley Railway Inc

Due to the current community concern surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) the Diamond Valley Railway has decided to suspend all public running until further notice effective immediately. This decision has not been made lightly, however this decision has been made to prioritise the safety of the public and our members. We will be continually reviewing the situation and providing  pdates through our website (www.dvr.com.au) and our Facebook page. If you have a special booking at Diamond Valley Station, Jack Tatum Reserve, or Pine Creek Station we will be contacting you shortly. We thank you for your understanding and support during this difficult time. We look for to resuming normal running at a time when it is deemed safe.

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  TomBTR Chief Train Controller

Location: near Sydney
We had a small private run yesterday at Narara. These were our coronavirus precautions:

(1) We wipe the carriage seats and handrails after each ride with a metho cloth (the recommended sterilization method for viruses and which will not damage clothes like bleach -- another method). Very easy and good PR.

(2) Given that children must have an accompanying adult, that each adult/child group be separated as much as possible, perhaps by carrying only one or at most two per carriage. We want to avoid the close contact that is usually the case.

(3) That people be reminded of the need to wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. To that end we need to make sure there is plenty of soap in the dispensers and plenty of paper towels.

These precautions did not disrupt operations too much, although the party wished to continue in spite of light rain which washed off the metho as soon as it was applied.

Unfortunately these procedures, if applied on a public running day, would slow loading and generate an even longer queue than usual. I suspect that, unless someone can come up with a way of keeping people separated, the prospect of a slow and long queue that will stop us running next month. We shall see.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
I have attended in the past on this great attraction. Parents are likely to go crazy this school holidays without attractions but what is the alternative.
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
It was a hard decision - typically DVR has say 40 members on scene. But we see over 2500 people all day. And like the model railway hobby a lot of our members are well 50+ so hit a age area of "concern".  Our station staff and train crew potentially were at risk, and since it is a hobby for us it was not a good thing to risk our members.

Of course every railway be it real, miniature , model have the same issues now that we have our public gatherings restricted. There may be many a argument on what to do. But I cannot see no issue being over cautious for now. this will be many months in the life for all of us. We do what we can.

Member can still attend the railway to work on things, but no visitors for now.  So we can still enjoy some aspects of our hobby at this time.

As usual check if you need more info  with any railway/club.

Regards,
David Head

( remember the general covid-19 thread in the Lounge for normal virus issue discussions. )
  TomBTR Chief Train Controller

Location: near Sydney
How things change in a few days!


For what it worth, here is a notice just issued by CCSM at Narara NSW:


We regret that due to virus precautions our April running day is cancelled.

We expect that we shall also be required to cancel our May run so please check before visiting.

To all our visitors, we shall welcome everybody back to the track as soon as the danger passes.

To our fellow model engineers, now would be good time to progress some of the incomplete projects that we all have hidden in the back of our workshop, under the house or in the garage. We look forward to seeing the results when things return to normal.

To our members, you should have already been advised that our monthly meetings are also cancelled for the same reason but that the gardens, track and workshop are open at the usual times for maintenance and other activities that do not involve close contact.
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Most miniature railways are following as well. the AALS convention also cancelled.

Regards,
David Head

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