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MEDIA RELEASE

GLENREAGH MOUNTAIN RAILWAY GAINS ACCREDITATION AS A ROLLING STOCK OPERATOR

On 7 July 2014, Glenreagh Mountain Railway (GMR) was granted a variation to its accreditation by the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator to allow it to carry out rolling stock operations.  This major milestone was achieved after many years of hard work by GMR volunteers to satisfy the regulator that GMR had the necessary risk management and risk management validation processes and skills to safely operate rolling stock.  Overall GMR is permitted to commission, maintain, repair, decommission and operate rolling stock for three specific activities:

  1. The operation of track maintenance vehicles for infrastructure maintenance activities only.

  2. Work on GMR’s steam locomotive 1919, diesel railmotor CPH 11, carriages and freight wagons within the Glenreagh West depot.

  3. Shunting of rolling stock within the Glenreagh West yard.

The ability to use track maintenance machines will now allow us to continue further sleeper replacement and track rehabilitation activities to the east of Lowanna utilising our stock of second hand timber sleepers.  Reconstruction of our railmotor can now recommence and we will be making every effort to begin removing the casings and other external items from steam locomotive 1919 to allow us to carry out a thorough inspection of its boiler to determine the extent of any corrosion.  Our other urgent priority will be to move our two HFO end platform cars under cover so that we can prevent any further deterioration and make some necessary repairs.

This event marks the beginning of what we expect to be an exciting time at GMR.

Please direct any enquiries to the secretary via email at secretary@gmr.org.au or phone 0421141390

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