Pirie Rail Express returns to operation

FULL STEAM AHEAD: John Turci operates the Pirie Rail Express. The tourist attraction has thrilled hundreds of children.
FULL STEAM AHEAD: John Turci operates the Pirie Rail Express. The tourist attraction has thrilled hundreds of children.

The Pirie Rail Express has been given the green signal to return to operation.

Port Pirie Regional Council had last week suspended the mini-train tourist attraction.

This came after the express’s members’ maintenance review of its engines and an inspection of the workshop, storage areas and location.

But on Monday, the council said the service was back on track, thanks to Clare Valley Model Engineers president Dean Manderson,

Mr Manderson did an Australian Association of Live Steamers’ standards check of the diesel engine and assessed the operations.

The council said there would be an immediate return to service.

Council’s chief executive officer, Peter Ackland, met Mr Manderson and the mini-train volunteers. He re-affirmed his and council’s continued support for the express..

“This has been a positive outcome, for all concerned, which was achieved in a timely manner. I cannot thank Dean enough for taking the time to come over to conduct the inspection,” he said..

“The next step will be to coordinate a visit to Clare to examine their operations and see what else can be done to enhance this great Pirie attraction.”

For information on journeys, contact the Port Pirie Regional Tourism and Arts Centre on 8633 8700.

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