Bundaberg Sugar Cane Railway Closed

On 05/11/2011, in News Report, by ATRQ Admin

The Bundaberg News Mail reports that the Australian Sugar Cane Railway has been closed down by the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

The story is copied here in full, with the link below navigating to the source. There is a another link at the end of this post that will take you to a story from the News Mail from two years ago, where this issue was flagged earlier.

News Mail Article


VOLUNTEERS and community members are furious after Queensland Transport shut down the railway line at the Botanic Gardens without warning.

Officials stopped the tourist train, which has operated for 23 years, in the middle of a run as it helped out with a charity walk supporting diabetes on Sunday.

The Australian Sugar Cane Railway has been told the shutdown was because the railway did not comply with strict safety regulations.

Critics have labelled the move “bureaucracy gone rampant”.

Passengers on the Botanic Gardens tourist attraction, including a disabled woman and her carer, were ordered off the train by officials on Sunday afternoon.

The shutdown came about without warning and relates to safety accreditation the department said the 23-year-old railway attraction – which has never had an accident – must comply with.

Australian Sugar Cane Railway committee secretary Ross Driver said the group had been talking with Queensland Transport for months over compliance with their system of safety…


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