A Christmas wish list for Kimberley’s mining railway

Entrance road paving and track upgrade top list for Sullivan Railway

As many prepare lists for Santa at this time of year, Kimberley City Council is considering lists of requests for funding.

Council is entering budget deliberations — always a difficult time in these days of ever tighter finances.

However, if you don’t ask, you don’t get, in the view of the Sullivan Mine and Railway Historical Society.

The Society’s biggest wish is to pave the entrance road to the downtown station, 90 per cent of which is on City land.

The road receives a large amount of foot traffic during the railway’s operating season, explained Society president Mick Henningson in a letter to Council.

He says the hope is that one day the road will be part of the Peak to Platzl Trail once a foot bridge is installed across Mark Creek near the station.

The problem is the gravel road can have puddles and be generally mucky when it rains or dusty after a dry spell. Henningson suggests that it could be paved with recycled asphalt from City paving projects, in much the same way City Hall parking lot was done this year.

The other big wish is for funds to upgrade the remaining one kilometer of rail from 65 pound rail to 85 pound rail. This particular stretch is getting wavy and an upgrade is required.

Council made no decisions but referred the request to Operations, to join “a long list of projects”.