Over 450 people enjoyed an old fashioned Sunday Picnic at Karoola where the DP Railcar is housed. It was a day where the public was able to see the work that has been done by the Launceston and North East Railway (LNER) and the North East Residents and Farmers (NERAF) groups who have been working on retaining the railway between Launceston and Scottsdale.

One of the organisers Wendy McLennan said that the groundswell of support from the community has clearly demonstrated that this should remain as a railway line. This has further been vindicated by the outcome of a Reachtel survey, conducted in Dorset, which clearly showed 70% support for the retention of the railway line.

We are still awaiting the outcome of the $50,000 consultancy by Linquage, and forwarded to the government on 23 August 2017, into the viability of our organisations to operate the line as a tourist and heritage railway for the North East. Two formal surveys have been conducted to assess the railway line itself.

It was a delightful day with people sitting in the railcar and seeing the memorabilia collected by the rail enthusiasts. There was also a display of photographs of the original building of the railway.

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Wendy McLennan