The Byron Bay Train is a not-for-profit passenger rail service in Byron Bay, New South Wales. Since commencing in December 2017, it operates on a three-kilometer section of the disused Casino-Murwillumbah line. A 1949-built 600 class railcar was converted to solar power for use on the service.
Interestingly, this is a heritage railway restoration project as well as a pioneering technology. The train has been restored after sitting abandoned since it was withdrawn from service in 1995. The line itself has also been reopened after services stopped running in 2004. New platforms and a storage shed were completed in April 2017. It was confirmed in early January 2017, that the train would run on the solar-hybrid operation. The solar service is believed to be a world first.
The Byron Bay Train has onboard batteries, and it can be topped up from the grid if there’s a prolonged period of cloudy skies. The train is intended to run on diesel fuel about once a week. The rail motor has a seating capacity of 100 people.
The train operates a return shuttle between North Beach station located in Sunrise Beach and Byron Beach station, which serves the beach and Byron township. Due to the service not being subsidized by the government, the timetable will be reviewed from time to time. The train contains room for bikes, prams, and surfboards, which can be carried free of charge. It does not use the existing station as this would have required the reinstatement of a level crossing.
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