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Australian Sugar Cane Railway, Bundaberg

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Winner of the ATHRA Steam Locomotive Restoration Award for the restoration of Invicta.

 

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Formerly the Botanical Gardens Railway, our trading name became the 'Australian Sugar Cane Railway' (ASCR) late in 2003. The new name reflects what we are trying to achieve, that is to have as many fully working sugar cane steam locomotives as possible so the public can enjoy them in the future.

The ASCR is maintained and operated by volunteers, the members of the non-profit Bundaberg Steam Tramway Preservation Society (BSTPS).

The 1 km long 610 mm (2 foot) gauge railway was constructed by BSTPS in 1986 with assistance from a Commonwealth Government CEP grant. The steam locomotives are fired with coal donated by Blair Athol Coal at Clermont and continuing assistance is received from Bundaberg area sugar mills.

Annual Reports

2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009.

Calendars

2003 - 2004 - 2005a - 2005b - 2008- 2009.

Recent Activities

2009: With the train operating 95 days (24,706 passengers) and general maintenance undertaken every Tuesday, no major restoration work apart from the overhaul of Valdora’s engine was planned for 2009. During 2009 approximately 700 metres of track was built and laid in sections. This included a road crossing and lots of fill to have the completed line about high water level. Just 100 metres and one road crossing remain to be done to complete the new circuit. December 10 was Pageant of Lights and with many thanks to Bundaberg Sugar and the Bundaberg Regional Council No 3 (Bundaberg Fowler 0-4-2T.) was part of the parade. (See Annual Report above for details and photos)

2009: Germany passed its boiler inspection 25 January 2009, resulting in a triple-headed run on Australia Day. The loco will be removed from service late in 2009 for a major refit.

Photos: risk assessment; briefing; radio check; three locos under steam, first run 1, 2, near Hinkler; two Fowler locos a, b; Ross and Ron.

An extension program to roughly double the length of mainline track and provide lineside interpretive displays should have its official opening in 2009.

A recent (2008) project has been replacing sleepers by the volunteer crew in their high visibility uniforms. Couplings have been changed to standard Willison auto couplers as used in the local sugar industry and all wagons have been fitted, even down to ballast and track wagons.