THE iconic Zig Zag Railway received further support from the NSW Government today with Bathurst MP Paul Toole announcing it would receive a $150,000 Heritage grant.
Funding will be used for the preservation of stonework at the iconic tourist attraction near Lithgow.
While the tunnels, viaducts, culverts and retaining walls have remained in remarkable condition, important repair and restoration work is needed to enable them to be retained in their original state and prevent further deteriorating.
Mr Toole said the funding comes at a time when, in October this year, the Great Zig Zag Railway celebrates the 150th anniversary of its original opening.
“This grant of $150,000 follows the announcement made late last year that the NSW Government would provide $2.3 million to help get the Zig Zag back on track as an operating tourist attraction following devastating fires in October 2013,” Mr Toole said.
“While the Zig Zag Railway is currently in the process of a rebuild, the misfortune of the events back in 2013 has provided a unique opportunity for the engagement of skilled stone masons to access the structures while heritage passenger trains are not operating so that repairs and preservation work can be carried out.
“When successfully completed, this project will result in the repair and conservation of the existing stonework on the Great Zig Zag Railway formation, ensuring