THE Zig Zag Railway has set a date for the recommencement of services after what will be a hiatus of just over a year.
Zig Zag Railway's Business Development Manager Michael Forbes said that it is aiming to restart its tourist railway services in July.
It might not be full steam ahead at first, as it most probably will be just running on weekends to begin with, Mr Forbes said.
This date will be met if the regulator Independent Transport Safety Authority is happy with the efforts of the Zig Zag Railway and Australian Transport Risk Solutions to complete what it wants.
Project Restart has been dealing with the safety issues that closed the railway down.
Last week six members of Zig Zag Railway went down to Petersham in Sydney to take part in a track inspection technique course with RailCorp. Mr Forbes said they are finding the solutions to regulator and showing they have addressed the issue.
All part of the current plans to update training systems and procedures to ensure the infrastructure is ready when passenger services resume.
This will also involve finding appropriate skilled volunteers next year to 'sign off' items fit for purpose according to legislation and make the business sustainable into the future.
There will be a need for volunteers to help with all parts of the railway, Mr Forbes said, from train drivers to guides, when it opens for business again.
Volunteer support is important for a successful restart as is financial support.
Posted on the Zig Zag Railway is this message:
“Whilst there have been a number of announcements from political circles expressing good will, there has yet to be any confirmation of financial support.
“Inevitably, this means we will have to rely on the support of corporate sponsors and you as a Zig Zag Railway supporter.
“Spread the word, we need as much support as we can get.”