Glenreagh Mountain Railway

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Glenreagh Mountain Railway
Ulong station.jpg
Ulong railway station
Technical
Number of tracks Single track with passing loops
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)

Glenreagh Mountain Railway, known as the GMR, was established in 1989 as a heritage tourist railway at Glenreagh, near Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia. GMR's objective is to restore and operate a heritage tourist railway on the Glenreagh to Ulong section of the Glenreagh to Dorrigo railway line.

GMR is a non-profit, community-based organisation run entirely by volunteers, and has an authority to raise funds under the Charitable Collections Act.

The GMR acquired the 35-kilometre section to Ulong in 1999 from the then State Rail Authority, and is currently restoring this section of line as well as rolling stock, to enable the heritage tourist railway to operate.

Tourist trains for the public were run in 2004. [1]

GMR's current rolling stock includes steam locomotive Z19 class 1919, 4-wheel watergin L568, TAM sleeping car, 2 heritage end-platform cars, S type carriages, ex-Sydney interurban cars ("U-boats") and numerous trikes and track maintenance vehicles.

As of December 2005, GMR has completed trackwork to safe working standards for train operation from Glenreagh West Depot 3.5 km west to Tallawudjah Creek.[2] Steam train operations were scheduled one weekend a month subject to fire bans.

In February 2008 operations ceased while GMR worked to fulfill its obligations under the Rail Safety Act.[3][4]

Preservation[edit]

Steam Locomotives
No. Description Manufacturer Year Current Organisation Location Status Ref
1919 0-6-0T passenger Beyer, Peacock and Company 1878 Glenreagh Mountain Railway Glenreagh operational Steam Locomotive 1919

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Glenreagh rail lines up tourism potential". The Daily Examiner. 6 Oct 2004. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Scott, Belinda (3 Feb 2006). "Full steam ahead for Glenreagh Mountain Railway". The Daily Examiner. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Terry Deefholts (8 Sep 2009). "$1m battle for Mountain Rail". The Daily Examiner. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Belinda Scott (15 Sep 2009). "Battle for Glenreagh Mountain Rail". The Coffs Coast Advocate. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 

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Coordinates: 30°03′09″S 152°58′18″E / 30.052461°S 152.971712°E / -30.052461; 152.971712