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SteamRanger Heritage Railway Bridge Upgrades

The SteamRanger Heritage Railway runs between Mount Barker and Victor Harbor, supporting regional tourism and carrying over 70,000 passengers per year on services that include the popular Cockle Train.

The Australian Railway Historical Society South Australia (ARHSSA) operates services on the SteamRanger Heritage Railway, which is administered by the Department for Environment and Water (DEW).

Recent engineering assessments concluded that remediation works are required on five rail bridges:

  • Currency Creek
  • Watsons Gap
  • Hindmarsh River
  • Tookayerta Creek
  • Finniss River.

Remediation works will involve repairs to the bridge stonework, masonry, piers and concrete surfaces to ensure their long-term structural integrity and safety.

A grant payment of $450,000 was provided to ARHSSA for urgent short-term remediation works on the Currency Creek and Watson Gap bridges which have been completed.

Funding of $8.45 million for additional critical medium-term repairs to the five bridges was approved as part of the state government’s 2022-23 Mid-Year Budget Review.

These works are being undertaken by the Department for Infrastructure and Transport (DIT). Works are expected to commence in mid-2024, with completion expected in mid-2025 (weather permitting).

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To contact the DIT project team undertaking works: