World First Solar Train Launching


The much anticipated world first solar train will be officially launched this Saturday 16th December.

Official proceedings commence at 11:00am at The Sun Bistro on Bayshore Drive in Byron Bay. Public train rides from the North Beach platform on Bayshore Drive will run from 12:30 – 5:00pm, with live music and celebrations throughout the afternoon at The Sun.

The Byron Bay train travels between Byron Bay township and the burgeoning North Beach precinct which includes the Byron Arts Estate and the Sunrise Beach residential community. The train seats 100 passengers and has room for luggage, bikes and surfboards. The 3km journey will cost just $3 for adults with concessions for children.

“We searched the country and found a dilapidated vintage train, restored it, and are now powering it with a 4.6 billion year old power source” outlined Jeremy Holmes, Development Director at Byron Bay Railroad Company. “We partnered with the incredible Tim Elderton from Lithgow Railway Workshop to restore the train and to oversee the solar conversion along with our other partners Nickel Energy and Elmofo. Local rail industry expert Geoff Clark has been guiding the project and helping to navigate the complex regulations and safety requirements”.

The Byron Bay train will operate a limited service until January when the full schedule will commence.

“With no support from government at any level the Byron Bay Railroad Company have delivered the worlds first solar train” said John Grimes, Chief Executive at the Smart Energy Council. “True innovation meets roadblock upon roadblock so we congratulate this team on their incredible achievement. Hopefully this one train in regional Australia can demonstrate the possibilities of solar technology and the power of perseverance”.

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