Service

There is capacity for 100 seated passengers, additional standing passengers, seating for people with a disability and luggage room for bikes, prams and surfboards, carried free of charge. The train will run a return shuttle service for the three kilometre journey between Northbeach Station in Sunrise Beach and the Byron Beach platform adjacent to the Shirley Street level crossing. The fare will be $3 per one-way journey.

Timetable

A reliable hourly service will operate initially. As the service is not subsidised by Government (all other public transport receives subsidies) the timetable will be reviewed from time to time in line with passenger demand and operating costs. Initially services will commence from the Byron Beach platform at 8:00am with the last train leaving the Byron Beach platform at 10:00pm.

Fare

$3 for a one way journey.

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Platforms

Two passenger platforms are being constructed within the rail corridor. Both will have disabled access, seating, shelter and bicycle racks. The Northbeach platform is adjacent to Bayshore Drive serving the Byron Arts Estate, Sunrise Beach and Elements of Byron resort. This platform will have a disabled access toilet. The Byron Beach platform is adjacent to the Shirley Street level crossing in Byron Bay township between the First Sun Caravan Park and Simmos Caltex Service Station.

Parking

An additional 100 car spaces have recently been constructed with the upgrade of Bayshore Drive in the Council road reserve next to the Northbeach Platform. Byron Shire Council operates two public car parks within 100 metres of the Byron Beach platform. Bicycle racks will be provided at both platforms, or bikes can be carried free of charge on the train.

Fencing

The safety management and operating procedures for this train service do not require additional property or safety fencing of the rail corridor. They have been developed around low speed operation and clear sighting along the rail corridor. Transport for NSW still reserves the right, however, to direct Byron Bay Railroad Company to fence some or all of the rail corridor boundary.

 

Independently however, a section of the corridor adjacent to Elements of Byron resort will be fenced on the resort side as a condition of Council consent for the accommodation cabins under its dunal and estuary management plan. This fence will be a 1.8m high open style fence with an opening at the bottom for wildlife. 

Noise

In the rail industry the 600 series rail motors are known as one of the quietest trains. This service will operate on a section of track which is almost dead level and straight for its entire length and which has long-welded 110m rail lengths. Further, the train will be operating at slow speeds. These factors, when combined with the retrofitted solar powered electric engines, will substantially reduce the overall noise generated by the train. Our railmotor has also been fitted with a suburban whistle which is far less intrusive than the country horn that people are familiar with. The whistle will be sounded on approach to the Kendall Street level crossing.

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Vegetation maintenance

BBRC is required to clear and maintain vegetation within the rail corridor for safety and compliance with various legislation. Clearing of the right-of-way has been undertaken on this line as a maintenance activity since it was opened in 1894. Weed control will be carried out periodically as it has over the last 100 years.

Lighting

Rail Safety Regulations require the train to operate with the headlights on at all times. The train is equipped with dual sealed beam headlights which shine a beam directly in front of the train. As most of the track is straight and on the only curve all residences are located on the inside of the curve any impact from lighting is mitigated. Lighting at the platforms will be aimed directly down and shielded from the sides to prevent glare to the train driver and nuisance to residences.

Safety

BBRC is required to comply with the Rail Safety National Law and Regulations and has developed extensive safety management plans and operating procedures to ensure it does so. These have been approved by the National Rail Safety Regulator and BBRC is now an accredited Rolling Stock Operator and Rail Infrastructure Manager.

All Rail employees are required to undergo pre-employment medical examinations and are subject to random drug and alcohol testing. The Rail Safety Regulator has mandated that two competent employees must be in charge of every train. Additionally, there is an extensive training and competency assessment process for train driver positions and there are maximum permissible hours on duty for train crew.

Approvals

BBRC holds a non-exclusive licence from TfNSW (Transport for NSW) to use the rail corridor and rail infrastructure and is required to maintain these assets for the government at its own cost. The rail corridor and rail infrastructure including any improvements made by BBRC remain the property of TfNSW.

BBRC has obtained accreditation from the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator as a Rail Transport Operator being both a Rail Infrastructure Manager and a Rolling Stock Operator. BBRC is required to comply with the Rail Safety National Law including mandatory safety and operating procedures. A comprehensive safety management plan has been developed in collaboration with expert consultants and industry practitioners specifically for this operation.

Development Approval was granted on 17 September 2015 from Byron Shire Council for the construction of the two platforms, the train storage shed and other ancillary works.

Asbestos

The train does not contain any asbestos. The train brake blocks do not contain asbestos. An Environmental Contamination Report undertaken in April 2016 did not detect any asbestos in the rail corridor. Byron Bay Railroad Company’s Licence Agreement with Transport for NSW prohibits bringing any item containing asbestos into the rail corridor.

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Byron Bay Railroad Company

Byron Bay Railroad Company Ltd (BBRC) is a not for profit company limited by guarantee and is an accredited heritage rail operator.

BBRC is a separate and independent company to Elements of Byron resort. As a not-for-profit company, all revenue must be re-invested in the organisation’s rail assets. Dividends cannot be disbursed to any individual or company. BBRC holds a non-exclusive licence from Transport for NSW to use the rail corridor and rail infrastructure and is required to maintain both these state owned assets at its own cost.

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