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Zig Zag Railway to cease passenger operations - SKM appoint Jim Benson as Group Manager, Tunnelling
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The famous Zig Zag Railway heritage tourist lines in the Blue Mountains has been advised that it will have to cease all passenger operations unless it can address a series of concerns raised by the NSW Independent Safety Transport Regulator (ITSR).
The railway has nine paid employees although it is operated and managed as a volunteer organisation. For over 30 years it has been a popular day out for Sydneysiders carrying around 80,000 tourists a year.
Its rail safety management procedures came under scrutiny from ITSR following a safety incident in May 2011 and subsequent review of the railway’s accreditation processes saw ITSR ban the use of steam locomotives on tourist trains earlier this year.
Earlier this month Zig Zag was issued with a "Notice of Intent" pertaining to the fact that ITSR intended to, on
In addition these issues, the society’s web site says that an intensive running schedule has taken a toll on its fleet of historic steam locomotives and carriages and that the society is also suffering a shortage of skilled people to help maintain its trains.
Subsequent media reports suggest the NSW Government has offered to look at assisting the Zig Zag in working through its current difficulties.
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Mr Benson’s previous project roles include Design Director on the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway (
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