Rattler suspended indefinitely after September derailment

THE Rattler will remain off the rails until the Mary Valley Heritage Railway track receives a major upgrade.

Queensland Rail's safety inspectors suspended the tourist operation indefinitely on handing down their report today following a derailment in September.

While the prime cause of the derailment was a mechanical fault on a carriage, the regulator advised that the event highlighted a number of issues which needed to be addressed before  passenger operations could recommence.

This includes inspection and maintenance procedures for vehicles and track, and resources for track upgrades.

The MVHR office has forwarded the advice to management committee members and have taken up an offer from safety inspectors to meet and clarify issues and expectations.

"We are aware of the keen public interest in the Rattler's future and will be updating through Facebook and the media as the situation develops," Mr Walker said.

"No timeline is available as yet."

Mr Walker said the public should be aware on-rail vehicles will still operate and motorists needed to continue to take care at level crossings and avoid entering the rail corridor without authorisation.

Gympie Times


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