White leaps aboard tourism train push

A TRAIN ride from New Norfolk to Mt Field National Park could once again become a reality.

The future of heritage and tourism rail in the Derwent Valley was the topic of discussion when Labor Leader and local Lyons MP Rebecca White met up with Greg Robinson and Paul Jones from Derwent Valley Railway.

Ms White acknowledged the positive impact it could have on the Derwent Valley.

“Heritage and tourism rail are an incredible opportunity for the Derwent Valley to add a whole new string to its tourism bow,” Ms White said.
“I believe that both the local community and the local economy will benefit greatly if trains are allowed back on the track and I know that given the support they need Derwent Valley Railway will thrive.
“For the project to succeed it requires financial support from the Government to ensure the tracks are operational and undertake safety work on the level crossings.
“At the most recent state election the Liberal party promised $2 million for the Don River Railway in the north of the state so there is no reason the Government, either state or federal, couldn’t get behind the Derwent Valley Rail project. “

It would be fantastic for visitors to the valley to be able to ride the train from New Norfolk up the Valley and it would help bring more visitors to the region.

On Tuesday, the Government tabled a notice giving the Derwent Valley Rail access to a 50-metre section of line near the old New Norfolk Station between Third Avenue and Back River Road.

The notice, which has bipartisan support, will see the long-awaited return of heritage rail to the area.