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Wednesday, 14 January 2004

All Aboard the Belair Community Express!

Former Deputy Prime Minister, Tim Fischer, will today join a special train journey from the Adelaide Hills which will help raise funds for the fire-ravaged Belair Railway Station.

The Friends of Belair Railway Station is working to raise $50,000 needed to repair the station’s 120-year old signal cabin that was destroyed in a suspicious fire in May last year.

More than 200 passengers will depart Belair Railway Station this afternoon on a specially chartered train to the National Railway Museum at Port Adelaide.

Mr Fischer, who is a special envoy for the Adelaide to Darwin Railway, will speak at the museum on ‘The Ghan and Gauge - the History of the World’s Newest Transcontinental’.

I have been pleased to help the Friends group to promote their campaign. And Tim jumped at the opportunity to support the Belair Railway Station cause when I asked him to join us. (Tomorrow he’ll set out on another historic rail journey - from Adelaide to Darwin.)

The restoration of the Belair Railway Station’s signal cabin is vital. It is a significant piece of history that has been recognised on national and state heritage lists.

Volunteers with the Friends of Belair Railway Station spent years restoring the site, only to see it devastated by fire. I congratulate and support their efforts to rebuild the cabin.

Tickets for the special rail journey from Belair have sold out. However, people interested in supporting the restoration works can make a donation to the Restoration of the Belair Railway Station Signal Cabin Fund at any branch of Savings and Loans Credit Union.

Editors note:

The Belair Community Express departs Belair Railway Station at 3.48pm today (Wed 14/1) and is due to arrive at the National Railway Museum at 4.30pm. Passengers will inspect museum exhibits, before Tim Fischer’s speech at 5.30pm. The train will depart the museum at 6.30pm and arrive back at Belair at approx 7.15pm. Tickets are sold out.

Media contact: John Deller on (08) 8374 0511 or 0439 802 767