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Full Steam Ahead for Iconic Railway - 18 April 2013

The Federal and Tasmanian Governments have signed a formal funding agreement to restore and reopen the Abt Railway, one of the nation's most iconic heritage attractions.

Under the terms set out in the agreement signed in April, the Federal Government will contribute $6 million to bring the rail line back up to an appropriate and safe standard, with the Tasmanian Government charged with finding an operator and underwriting its ongoing operational costs for the next four years.

Since re-opening in 2002, the Abt Railway has carried more than 400,000 passengers, created 33 direct jobs, and injected some $10 million annually into West Coast communities.

The signing guarantees the upgrades needed to give the operation a safe and sustainable rail line for years to come. The State Government is committed to seeing the Abt Railway back up-and-running by the next summer tourist season.

New Operator Formally Sought for West Coast Wilderness Railway - 5 April 2013

The Tasmanian Government has taken the next step to save the West Coast Wilderness Railway, with Expressions of Interest to operate the service  advertised in early April.

The information has also been sent directly to a target list of potential investors - including the tourism industry and heritage railway sectors.

The Expressions of Interest process has multiple stages. The initial stage involves shortlisting organisations or consortiums that have the required capacity and expertise. Those candidates will then be invited to develop a full proposal.

The West Coast Wilderness Railway service will be temporarily suspended over winter, while major capital improvements are made, using $6 million of Commonwealth Government funding.

A More Secure Future For Abt Railway Staff - 23 March 2013

The Tasmanian Government has reached in-principle agreement with the Federal Group to transfer Federal employees to the Abt Railway Corporation.

The government corporation will employ the workers while a new operator is sought.

The transfer agreement, made in late March, gives workers certainty well beyond April 30th, when the Federal Group stops running the railway, and once again demonstrates the Government's genuine commitment to the railway and workers.