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The National Railway Museum, which ripped out tracks in anticipation of a new rail spur in to the heart of Port Adelaide, will still receive $60,000 in compensation from the State Government despite its decision to shelve the project.
Museum chairman David Burnett and executive officer Bob Sampson met with Transport Department representatives last week, and were told the museum would still be compensated for lost revenue and the cost of clearing the site.
The State Government announced last month that it was putting the Port Dock Railway Station project — announced by the Labor Government in 2017 — on hold after a review found that it would cost an extra $24 million than originally budgeted.
The expected cost of building the 1km spur line off the existing Outer Harbor line had more than doubled from $16.4 million to $40 million.
Instead, the State Government will undertake a study into public transport options in the northwestern suburbs in the hope of finding a cheaper option.
The museum, which is located next to where a new station was proposed to be built on Baker St, had ripped up part of its railway tracks and moved equipment from storage — preventing it from running large trains such as its Red Hen.
It is planning to use the $60,000 compensation money to upgrade the museum’s facilities including building a new undercover area where children can climb a steam train.
Mr Burnett said the Transport Department would also reinstall the tracks except for where it would require “major removal” should the rail spur get the green light again.
“The two short sections surrounding both sides of No. 1 (rail track) turnout is the focus,” Mr Burnett said.
“Additionally, the existing Jacketts No. 1 (track) will be extended northwards and slewed at the northern end to provide access into the Jacketts station platform.”
He said this would allow a possible restart of Peronne, Redhen and Bluebird steam trains early next year.
“We are happy with the level of compensation and the other matters that have been agreed to,” Mr Burnett said.
“This will enable the National Railway Museum to move forward on specific projects, all for the betterment of the museum.”
This article first appeared on www.adelaidenow.com.au
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