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Lithgow's Zig Zag Railway will next month make an appeal to be allowed to operate again, after being shut down because of safety concerns.
An audit of the tourist attraction last September identified 150 incidents where it failed to meet regulations.
Railway Chief Executive Office Michael Forbes says a date has now been set for the railway to apply for its accreditation to be reinstated.
"Following our last monthly meeting yesterday, we've let the regulator know that we'll be coming in on the 20th of August and present him with our application to vary our accreditation to enable us to carry passengers and he will have one month to consider our application and we're hopeful," he said.
Recent flood damage to the railway has delayed its reopening until October.
But Mr Forbes is hopeful services will recommence soon.
"Well we have great hope that we will, yes," he said.
"We've been meeting with the regulator every month and keeping him updated on what we're up to and we're very hopeful that we will have satisfied their requirements."
The Mayor of Lithgow Maree Statham says the council is trying to get money from the state government to support Zig Zag.
She says at a recent meeting with board members they flagged they would like funding for the construction a new carriage shed.
"Council have offered to try to get some funding from the Tourism Minister, George Souris, and we are waiting on reply there," she said.
"However, I guess it's like a lot of things, we're one of many different tourism attractions that would be waiting on funding, but we're certainly trying to get some funding to help them.
"They're telling us that there's a lot of subsidence with a lot of rain and storms that we had earlier in the year, which we did get quite heavy storms around the Lithgow district back in February and March.
"So we're just hoping now that the progress will keep continuing and we will be very thrilled if Zig Zag is opened in October."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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