Tram driver Ian Phemister of Coffs Harbour, with the one tram currently operating at the Glenreagh Mountain Railway.
Tram driver Ian Phemister of Coffs Harbour, with the one tram currently operating at the Glenreagh Mountain Railway.

Glenreagh?s trams vision vamp

By EMMA CORNFORD

TRAMS running down the main street of Glenreagh, dropping passengers at the Golden Dog and taking others back to the historic railway station to ride on the steam train.

It may seem like a farfetched vision, but it could become reality in a few years according to Russ Phemister, a volunteer at the Glenreagh Mountain Railway.

"That's obviously a long way off, but the proposal at the moment would see about a 10-kilometre round trip," he said.

"I mean, it's a huge, huge job especially for volunteers ... but it would be a fantastic tourist attraction."

In the meantime enthusiasts, tourists and locals will have more to see at the Mountain Railway, as the site procures two trams, donated by the Sydney Tramway Museum and the Canberra Trademen's Centre.

"We got the first tram years ago for when we can't run the engine because of fire danger, then the Tramway Museum called us and asked if we'd like a couple of new tram bodies," Mr Phemister said.

"One of them is only good for parts, but the other is a fully restored tram from Canberra which was being used as a restaurant."

Mr Phemister hopes that the restored tram could lead to the Mountain Railway having its own 'restaurant tram', which could be hired out for functions.

"But at the moment we're looking for sponsorship because VicTrack have donated two other trams, but we need to pay the freight to get them up here -? and that's about $5500 for each tram," he said.

Mr Phemister said he would like to see a local business get behind the project and sponsor the trams' journey to the Clarence.

"It would be another great tourist attraction. There's not a lot else for tourists to see between Coffs and Grafton."



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