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Historic Golden Mile Loopline Railway from Kalgoorlie to Boulder in WA Goldfields set to live again
The general manager of the Golden Mile Loopline Railway says funding for the locomotive will provide a huge tourism boost for Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
The WA Government announced $3.7 million to lay a 16-kilometre tourist railway line linking Boulder, the Super Pit and Hannan Street, earlier this week.
More than 100 steam trains moved through the Loopline railway daily during the gold rush in the late 1800s, making it one of the busiest stations in Australia.
Mike Lucas said consultants had estimated the locomotive would bring in more than 75,000 people to the region and employ many locals.
"It's a great boon for extra employment in the region and I think the actual concept of having something so historic back operational again is so important," he said.
"We will start off initially with one locomotive and a passenger car which will seat about 45 people.
"Because it is such an important thing, our consultants have estimated it will bring in excess of 75,000 people into the town just to ride the rail.
"It'll be a bonus for employment with staff obviously for train driving, conducting, front of house, maintenance staff, it goes on and on."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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