Cr. Forgan and Mr. Driver Photo Contributed
Cr. Forgan and Mr. Driver Photo Contributed Contributed

Sugar Cane Railway is on the fast track to reopening

AUSTRALIAN Sugar Cane Railway volunteers are making tremendous progress to get the railway attraction up and running following their recovery from the destructive floods.

In February, secretary Ross Driver was distraught as he recounted to the NewsMail how the floodwaters had caused immense damage to locomotives and infrastructure costing them an estimated $250,000 to fix and relocate.

Yesterday Mr Driver paid tribute to Bundaberg Regional Council staff who have helped the Sugar Cane Railway during its recovery.

"Council has been great," he said.

Mr Driver said railway members were currently working to repair steam locomotives that had been fully submerged by the floodwaters.

"To date we have spent upwards of $15,000 in repairing flood damage," he said.

"Everyone is getting a bit tired but we really are committed to the job in front of us."

Mr Driver said they were still on track to reopen late May but would not be fully operational for some time.

Council venues portfolio spokeswoman Lynne Forgan inspected progress on the flood recovery work and was impressed with what she saw.

"I guess you could say that the volunteers have worked up a full head of steam in their passion to get the railway back to full operational service," she said.

"While that goal may yet be a little further down the track, it's great to see that their effort has resulted in the rolling stock, including passenger carriages, and the diesel locomotive being almost fully refurbished and ready for work."