Even the locomotives were smiling when the Euroa Miniature Railway Committee received funding from the Council’s Community Grants 2022/23 scheme.

A grant of $3,655 will be used to build a new locomotive engine, replacing the original – which is estimated to be 30 to 40 years old.

The new engine will dramatically increase the number of carriages the train can pull – from just one carriage to seven.

Since resuming travel after numerous COVID-19 lockdowns, the committee has kept a record of the number of rides – averaging more than 200 rides per session.

“The council is incredibly proud to support impressive community initiatives like the Euroa Miniature Railway – such a fun day out for families,” said Strathbogie Shire Mayor Cr Laura Binks.

“The funding was received under the Community Grants Program 2022/23 under the Facilities and Infrastructure category.

“Updates to the train will allow more people to enjoy the model railway in an idyllic setting as they traverse some of Euroa’s most scenic river red gum.”

The new mini-train experience will be ready for customers by next April.

Euroa Miniature Railway president Wendy McDonald said the grant has enabled the committee to upgrade its equipment, improving the visitor experience.

“We really appreciate the support from Strathbogie Shire Council and can’t wait to get the engine built,” said Ms McDonald.

The new smiley face engine will also transform its appearance during themed celebrations such as Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Football Finals and Anzac Day.

Upcoming Model Railway Days include:

  • Footy Colors Day – Sunday September 18
  • Euroa Show & Shine – Sunday October 2
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