• Byron Bay railway

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Discussion about railroad topics everywhere outside of North America.

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  by george matthews
I found an interesting article about this independent line in New South Wales. It runs a solar powered DMU set.

I don't know how to link to the article but applying solar power to trains is a useful development. The line seems to be a former local branch line which has been decommissioned from ordinary use.

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  by David Benton
Link doesnt seem to work . However , I am sure this is the same railway I have posted an article on , as solar train.
I think the line is part of the remains of the Grafton(mainline) to gold coast railway . (Murwillumbah ?)
  by george matthews
In about 1998 I took a train from Grafton to Sydney. I didn't see any solar train, but I was at the station early in the day after an early breakfast and did't have any time to look around.
  by David Benton
The solar train only started last year. It does not go to Grafton , it runs on the other end of the Branch line that goes from Grafton to the gold coast.
  by george matthews
David Benton wrote:And a link to the branchline. It once sported a motorail service!

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The information that it is about 3 km long, reduces its potential as a model for future solar powered transport. A proper demonstration would need to be be longer. But it's still interesting.