Loop Line Upgrade Project
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Heritage trains will return to Colo Vale for the first time in over 30 years as part of a $14.6 million investment in the Loop Line, an historic rail corridor stretching from Sydney’s South West to the Southern Highlands.
The NSW Government funded project will contribute significantly to the local visitor economy and support the continued success of the NSW Rail Museum.
The project is due to be completed by mid-2023 and will be delivered by Transport Heritage NSW.
$14.6 MILLION INVESTMENT
The Loop Line Upgrade Project will:
Re-activate the line between Buxton and Colo Vale, a section out of commission for over 30 years.
Upgrade the existing section between Picton and Buxton, ensuring the safe, efficient and reliable operation of heritage trains and improved connection with the main line.
Enhance the financial sustainability of the NSW Rail Museum, with a stronger and more diverse, regular product offering.
Maximise the NSW Rail Museum's ability to educate the community on the state's rail and transport history.
Create a unique range of heritage rail experiences which cannot be duplicated elsewhere in Australia, bringing the NSW Rail Museum to life with interstate visitors and eventually international visitors.
ENABLING NEW AND IMPROVED HERITAGE TRAIN EXPERIENCES
45-minute steam train rides to Buxton
Premium 3-hour heritage train experiences to Colo Vale
Rail motor journeys to Picton village
From mid-2023, new and improved heritage train experiences will operate along the Loop Line on a weekly basis.
Further details on these new and enhanced experiences will be announced in 2022, ahead of the line’s opening to Colo Vale in 2023.
From now: works commence on upgrading the existing operational section between Picton and Buxton.
From early 2022: works commence to reactivate the line between Buxton and Colo Vale.
By mid-2023: works complete.
Further information, including community consultation, will take place once detailed design and construction plans are finalised.
If you would like to be kept updated on the project, including invitations for future community information sessions, sign up for our project email updates.
Historical images courtesy Australian Railway Historical Society (NSW Division)