We are supporting Victoria’s tourist and heritage (T&H) railways by implementing a strategy, Preserving our rail history – a blueprint for the future to help secure the future of the sector.
The blueprint sets out a way forward for the T&H railway sector, so they can flourish into the future while continuing to preserve the state’s railway history.
Victoria has the largest tourist and heritage tram and railway sector in Australia, ranging from small operators who open once a month, to the iconic Puffing Billy Railway.
As well as the 17 operating tourist attractions there are also a number of static tram and train museums who preserve Victoria’s rich rail history.
The blueprint responds to the challenges T&H operators face in light of significant investments by the Victorian Government to modernise Victoria’s passenger and freight rail networks.
It includes actions the government, in partnership with the sector, will take to support organisations with expanding their volunteer bases, increasing visitors, improving coordination between groups, and gaining access to equipment, resources and rolling stock.
A new voice for the sector, the T&H Sector Coordinating Board, will help organisations share information and support each other through the changes occurring in the system.
$2.2 million of funding and grants is being provided to the sector to support the implementation of the blueprint and to help the sector recover following COVID-19 restrictions.
The blueprint was put together by VicTrack in partnership with transport, tourism and heritage stakeholders.