Kuranda Scenic Railway has begun shuttle services between Kuranda and Barron Falls, a shortened journey due to the recent landslide event that caused the derailment of a locomotive and the railway to shut down.
The section of the track that was reopened was selected after discussions between Queensland Rail and local business in Kuranda and is intended to provide a visitor boost for local operators.
The 30 minute long trip along this section of the track will be free for children with adults paying just $11.00. Tickets are available from the Scenic Rail booking office or Tourism tropica North Queensland travel partners.
Mr Paul Scurrah, QR Passenger’s Executive General Manager, said the new services would give tourists the chance to experience the unique scenic railway, while giving Kuranda businesses much needed assistance.
He said that the decision to give the all clear to commence the shortened services was made after careful consideration after the March 26 landslide.
Mr Scurrah said. “Since this event occurred, we have been very conscious of the concerns of the local tourism industry, including businesses at Kuranda. We have been working closely with local tourism representatives to keep them fully informed.”
“We have been sympathetic of the impact the rail line closure has had on the local community and tourist operators. We have needed to carefully balance our strict safety requirements and believe we have come up with a good option.
“Local tourism operators have told us these new services would help the local business community, it gives another option to tourists, and to local residents.
“The trip between Kuranda and Barron Falls is not the full Kuranda Scenic Railway journey, but it covers some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, seen from one of the most iconic railways.
“These services will be running six times per day, giving passengers the change to experience Kuranda; the rainforest, the range and the village.”
There is as yet still no anticipated date for the full Kuranda Railway service reopening.
Mr Scurrah said the reopening of the full Kuranda Scenic Railway service, from Redlynch to Kuranda, would remain suspended until the completion of the full safety assessment.
“It is our intention to reopen the full Kuranda Scenic Railway as soon as possible, however QR will not compromise on safety,” Mr Scurrah said.
The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway continues to operate and there are numerous coach tour operators offering a variety of touring options that include Kuranda.
Further information can be obtained from the Kuranda Scenic Rail booking office on (07) 4036 9333 or visit the website at www.ksr.com.au
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