Ride the rails this weekend

Kimberley Underground Mining Railway offers Community Appreciation Day

It is often the case that locals don’t take advantage of some of the tourist amenities offered in their own town.

One of Kimberley’s most popular attractions is the Underground Mining Railway. The Railway is having a good season according to President Mick Henningson, with 7,700 riders to mid-August. That’s a little ahead of last year, he says, although the smoke in the last couple of weeks has seen attendance drop.

But skies appear clear again, and the Kimberley Underground Mining Railway hopes to entice some locals to come out and check out the train ride this First Saturday, September 5.

The Railway will be running a special Community Appreciation day with special rides and special rates.

Trains will be run every hour from the Downtown Station starting at 10 a.m. to and including 4 p.m.

These trips will include a 7 kilometre return train ride up the scenic Mark Creek Valley and through the Underground Interpretive Centre. The trains will stop at the Powerhouse Station on the way back for a 20 minute tour of the historic Sullivan Mine Powerhouse.

Visitors will see several huge compressors and watch the start up of the 65 foot long and 125 year old Rand Compressor.

This will be followed by a look and discussion at the large Mine Model which shows a lot of the 300 miles of tunnel in the Sullivan Mine.

As for the prices, you will not find a less expensive time to enjoy a ride on the Railway. Adults and youth can ride for $10, children, four to 12, for $5 and children three and under are free.