Fire damaged train carriage finds new home

After an expression of interest process, Burnie City Council has secured a new home for the fire damaged train engine.

In May 2012, the heritage train that sits at the Burnie port was damaged in a deliberately lit fire. The train has three carriages (two engines and an entertainment carriage). The fire significantly damaged one of the engine carriages.

Mayor Steve Kons said, “It was a disappointing and frustrating incident. Many in the community worked hard to restore the train and were understandably angry about the fire.

“Council discussed the option of restoring the damaged engine, but the exercise was too costly, and the future of having a tourism running train was looking more and more unlikely. Council opted to see what interest there was for the burnt engine carriage on an as-is, where-is basis.”

Council has accepted an offer for the burnt out engine carriage from DownStream Tourist Railway and Museum, based in Queensland.

“The offer from DownStream Tourist Railway and Museum, although not based in Tasmania, was financially the best opportunity to see a return on investment, and is set to be fully restored and used again in an exciting venture. To be honest, it’s a better outcome than we had hoped for the damaged carriage. Potentially the damaged carriage could have been scrapped.

“The remaining two carriages for now will continue to be housed at the existing site at the former train station. However, Council is in discussions with Don River Railway to discuss future possibilities of the remaining engine and entertainment carriage,” Mayor Kons said.

For further information please contact

Libby Dobson
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: ldobson@burnie.net