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Following a Special General Meeting at the railway's headquarters in Korumburra, the membership have voted to close the tourist railway after 21 years of operation.
Passenger services had ceased in late November due to issues identified in the Safety Management System, although this was reportedly only part of a much bigger problem, which included an "unsustainable" number of active volunteers and insufficient financial resources to maintain the railway's infrastructure and rollingstock.
While the railway was started with the best of intentions, they struggled with vandalism and theft throughout their two decades of operation, as early as February 1995. This level of contempt shown by the community reached new lows in early 2015 when volunteers were physically assaulted in two separate instances, which lead to hospitalisation.
The railway will be fondly remembered for its unique array of rollingstock and the beautiful landscape it moved through.
Photo by Dave O'Brien
This article first appeared on www.sgr.org.au
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