Rail Trail Trestles Burn in Canada

The Kettle Valley railway has a lot of work to do to rebuild their trail. Twelve bridges in the Myra Canyon have been lost and two severely damaged in the Okanagan Mountain Park fire. Only four trestles remain – and they are still at risk.

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Information courtesy Mary McParland, BV

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Rail Trails Conference

 

Conference Brochure (280K PDF document) On Friday 17 October, Bicycle Victoria and Railtrails Australia will present a a free conference for rail trail groups and people wanting to know what rail trails are all about.

For more information including the conference program and registration form is available in the Conference Brochure (280K PDF document).

The brochure is provided in PDF format. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software to view it. You can download Acrobat by clicking the button below.

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Rail Trails on TV (Vic)

Melbourne’s Channel 7 screen a half hour Sunday show called “Discover”. On 23 August, the Channel 7 crew filmed parts of the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail for inclusion in their program. Vince Aitkin from Railtrails Australia was interviewed on camera together with Trail Manager Liz Tunnecliffe and Mary McParland from Bicycle Victoria.

Railtrails Australia arranged for several family groups and other cyclists to be present for the filming which proceeded on a fine cool Saturday.

The program was not seen last week due to Tennis Coverage. Look out for the program this Sunday, 5.30pm Sunday 28 September.

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Economic Benefits of Rail Trails

Report Summary (377K PDF document) A new report published by La Trobe University shows the economic benefits of rail trails. The report looked at spending by rail trail users on accommodation, food, transport and other needs. A summary of the report is available (377K PDF document) or you can download the full report from La Trobe Univertisty (6.5M PDF document).

The report is provided in PDF format. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software to view it. You can download Acrobat by clicking the button below.

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Springfest 2003 Bairnsdale – Nowa Nowa, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 September (Vic)

Starting in Bairnsdale with activities beginning on Friday evening for those with more time to enjoy this fantastic region of Victoria. A great variety of activities will be provided along the Rail Trail at each participating township.

It was hoped that the restored V/Line train service would be operating in time for the weekend however this will not be the case. Melbourne visitors wanting to catch public transport can travel by train as far as Sale, but beyond Sale will need to catch a bus. Please contact V/Line to check capacity.

Activities include:

  • Devonshire Tea at Nicholson.
  • Handcrafts and other exhibitions of blacksmithing, spinning, sleeper cutting at Nowa Nowa.
  • Boating on Tambo Lake, historical movie show, BBQ’s and music at Nowa Nowa Saturday night.
  • Enticing bakeries & pubs, rivers and The Lakes plus the great Rail Trail and the new additional option of the former tramway along the Mississippi Creek walking and cycling path to Lakes Entrance.

Springfest 2003 will be a full-on weekend of fun and exercise, and there will be enough to even keep you there for a day or two more.

Accommodation options at many places in Bairnsdale (03 5152 4066), the caravan park (03 5156 8348) and pub (03 5156 8250) at Nicholson, B&B options and the pub at Bruthen, “Mingling Waters” cabins (03 5155 7247) and the Hotel/Motel (03 5155 7297) at Nowa Nowa. Book this weekend to visit East Gippsland and discover why it can become your cycle touring destination. More accommodation options via Travel Australia. For late breaking information call: Gus Ph 03 5157 5573

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Millaa Milla (Qld)

A local group is currently looking to secure funding for a “rails to trails” project along the former Millaa Millaa to Tolga branch line.

We post additional news of this project when available.

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Bendigo to Axedale Rail Trail (Vic)

Support is growing for an extension of the Bendigo to Axedale Rail Trail. The trail currently follows part of the cross-country branch line that ran from Bendigo via Heathcote to join the main Melbourne to Sydney line near Kilmore.

City of Greater Bendigo councillor Greg Williams points out the benefits to the area of extending the trail Heathcote and Kilmore, suggesting – based on the success of the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail – that the trail could generate $1 million for the area.

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Ballarat to Skipton Rail Trail (Vic)

Three Community Jobs Programs have taken place on the rail trail since November 2001. Works on the trail have included:

  • Building of concrete bridge at bottom of Nimmins Bridge to allow safe crossing for horses over the Woady Yolloack River (Nimmins Bridge too high for safe horse crossing). Bridge has already been used by CFA fire trucks in recent fires.
  • Laying paths.
  • Insertion of bollards and new steel barriers to prevent car use.
  • Seven information boards along the trail.
  • Substantial repairs to the rail bridge at Linton.
  • Removal of of gorse and pine trees at Linton Station.
  • Building picnic tables for use along trail.
  • Building of wild life hide at Haddon.
  • Provision of a car park (for horse floats) at Haddon.
  • Fencing near Skipton.

An application has been made for another program which is it hoped will complete work on the trail. Works planned include further signage, bollards to prevent car access and a walkway.

Repairs are currently underway on Nimons Bridge near Newtown.

Nimons Bridge on the Ballarat to Skipton Trail. Photo credit: Mark Plummer

Coutesy Francis Day, Training Coordinator, Highlands Personnel

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Bicycle Australia Show (NSW)

The 2003 Bicyclling Australia Show will be on open to the public on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 September at the Rosehill Gardens Function Centre, Parramatta. The show will be open 10am-4pm Saturday and 10am-5pm Sunday. Come and visit the Railtrails Australia stand at the show.

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Rail trails on TV (Vic)

Melbourne’s Channel 7 screen a half hour Sunday show called “Discover”. On 23 August, the Channel 7 crew filmed parts of the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail for inclusion in their program. Vince Aitkin from Railtrails Australia was interviewed on camera together with Trail Manager Liz Tunnecliffe and Mary McParland from Bicycle Victoria.

Railtrails Australia arranged for several family groups and other cyclists to be present for the filming which proceeded on a fine cool Saturday.

Look out for the program at 5.30pm Sunday 21 September.

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