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The Queensland Government has ruled out funding to save the Mary Valley Rattler Heritage Railway at Gympie in the state's south-east, which is struggling to remain economically viable.
The steam train has been shut down for the second time this year after another derailment and services will not resume until at least Thursday.
The Rattler is being run on a month-by-month basis due to financial problems.
A total of $100,000 is needed to keep it running in the short-term and almost $1 million is needed to fix the track.
The Member for Gympie, David Gibson, says the State Government has no money to contribute.
"Unfortunately at this point in time, there isn't funds available," he said.
"We've had discussions with both the Department of Transport and with Queensland Rail.
"There's been discussions with the tourism department as well, but this is a difficult time for all departments, all organisations."
He says it is unfortunate the Mary Valley Heritage Railway finds itself in need at this particular time.
"Unfortunately we're dealing with the state's finances that are in a very bad situation after Labor's mismanagement and the Traveston dam locally is perhaps one of the best examples of that," he said.
"We're not in a position to be able to find funding to be able to assist the Rattler at this time."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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