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TWO solar-powered train engines have arrived in Byron Bay to service a recently reconditioned 3km section or rail line through the town.
It’s been a long time coming for the Byron Bay Railroad Company who initially hoped the project would be on track to commence before Christmas 2015.
Byron Bay Railroad Company train arrives in. Pic Supplied.But now the trains have arrived the not-for-profit company hopes tourists will be carried along the 3km journey from North Byron into the centre of the township before the end of the year.
The journey is expected to cost $3 for adults with concessions planned for children.
The rail was once part of the Casino to Murwillumbah line and the trains are from 1949 but they have been retrofitted with solar panels.
Chief Executive of the Australian Solar Council John Grimes said the rail service would be a world-first in a statement announcing the train’s arrival.
“It shows Australia’s fantastic sunshine can be harnessed in smart ways not just to power our homes and businesses, but to address another pressing problem — cutting emissions in the transportation sector,” he said.
The Byron Bay Railroad Company said the line would employ 19 people from the Byron area.
It took the development two-and-a-half years of consultation to reach a use-of-access agreement with the NSW Government to use the existing line.
This article first appeared on www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au
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