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Byron Bay train ready to roll on solar

Byron Bay Railroad Company Development director Jeremy Holmes takes a ride on the Shire’s latest transport. Photo Jeff ‘Trains, Planes and Automobiles’ Dawson

The much-anticipated Byron Bay solar train will be officially launched this Saturday, December 16.

Everyone is welcome to the grand opening, commencing at 11am at The Sun Bistro on Bayshore Drive. Public train rides from the North Beach platform on Bayshore Drive will run from 12.30 till 5pm, with live music and celebrations throughout the afternoon at The Sun Bistro.

The train service will travel between the North Beach precinct, which includes the Byron Arts Estate and Sunrise Beach community, to the newly constructed station behind Simmo’s garage.

Byron Bay Railroad Company development director Jeremy Holmes said, ‘We searched the country and found a dilapidated vintage train, restored it, and are now powering it with a 4.6-billion-year-old power source.’

‘We partnered with the incredible Tim Elderton from Lithgow Railway Workshop to restore the train and to oversee the solar conversion along with our other partners Nickel Energy and Elmofo. Local rail industry expert Geoff Clark has been guiding the project and helping to navigate the complex regulations and safety requirements.’

The project has been achieved with no funding or financial support from government at any level, say organisers.

The train seats 100 passengers and has room for luggage, bikes and surfboards. The 3km journey will cost $3 for adults with concessions for children.

The Byron Bay train will operate a limited service until January when the full schedule will commence. For more information visit www.byronbaytrain.com.au


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