Rail line to increase access to super pit

Kalgoorlie's Super Pit.

Engenium have begun work on a railway line to increase tourist access to the Super Pit in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

According to the company this new extension will run from the disused rail line at Boulder train station, which was part of the Golden Mile Loopline built in the late 1800s.

The Golden Mile Loopline was once the busiest railway in Australia, carrying freight for the miners, hauling wood, as well as transporting workers to the mines.

At its peak over 100 trains were running day and night.

It will run across the Goldfields Highway up to the Super Pit lookout and back.

Engenium is working closely with mine owners Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM), who will be carrying out the earthworks for the ramp that will allow the rail line to reach to the top of the lookout.

"The Super Pit is a must-see tourist attraction and an extended railway line up to the Lookout will increase its visitor numbers considerably," Engenium's managing director Wayne Peel said.

"Kalgoorlie is renowned for its ‘gold rush’ era, so we are delighted to provide our support in phase one of bringing The Golden Mile Loopline Railway back to life."

The line is scheduled for completion by February next year, and will be approximately four kilometres long and operate six times a day.

"It is envisaged that by 2023 we will be carrying approximately 70,000 visitors a year," Peel added.

Engenium is a subsidiary of the Resource Development Group.

 

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