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. 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.

The rail corridor and rail infrastructure including any improvements made by BBRC remain the property of Transport for NSW.

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.

On 21 August 2017 the National Rail Safety Regulator provided a variation to BBRC’s accreditation which acknowledges and supports the modification of the train from diesel to solar powered electric operation.

Awards

Some of the awards we have received to date are:

Engineering Excellence Award 2018 Engineers Association Australia National Awards
Rail Sustainability Award 2018 Australasian Rail Association
Good Design Award Gold Winner 2018 Good Design Awards, Product Design Category
Good Design Award Winner 2018 Good Design Awards, Engineering Category
Judges Honourable Mention 2018 Clean Energy Council Solar Design and Installation Awards

Possible future opportunities

Rail Trail

The rail corridor is typically 40 metres wide throughout. There is ample room to provide a Rail Trail and cycle path within the rail corridor and clear of the operating rail line. BBRC has a non-exclusive licence to use the rail corridor and operate trains. Transport for NSW can licence other parties including a Rail Trail or other rail operators to also use the rail corridor. The refurbishment of the Belongil Creek rail bridge has accommodated the option to simply attach a pedestrian or cycleway gantry to the existing structure in the future. BBRC has worked with and will continue to work with the Northern Rivers Rail Trail organisation in accommodating their objective of delivering a cycle way within the same corridor.

Park and ride

To further reduce cars on Ewingsdale Road BBRC supports Byron Shire Council’s intent to establish a dedicated park and ride facility west of Bayshore Drive (toward the highway) or on any number of other appropriate sites along the rail corridor. Such a facility could provide enormous social, economic and environmental benefits to the Byron Shire.

Extending the service

From the outset Byron Bay Railroad Company has supported an extended train service along this branch line and is hopeful that this project will be a catalyst for possible future service extensions. BBRC’s focus, however, is to make this 3km section of line operational and cost neutral.

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