Can Phil Vickers save Tasmania’s Abt Railway?

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New Abt Railway head named


THE chairman of West Coast Tourism has been selected as the new general manager of the Abt Railway.

Phil Vickers, who is also executive chairman of West Coast Heritage Ltd and a West Coast councillor, was announced as the Abt’s new chief by Infrastructure Minister David O’Byrne today.

“This is a significant milestone in securing a bright, viable future for this important piece of Australian history,” Mr O’Byrne said.

“Mr Vickers will oversee the railway operations including coordination of infrastructure works and rolling stock repairs.

“Importantly he will also oversee preparations for passenger operations for the summer tourist season, when we expect the railway to be operational again.”

Mr O’Byrne said Mr Vickers was chosen because of his administrative and tourism experience.

“Mr Vickers’ substantial administrative capabilities will complement the existing Railway operational workers,” he said.

Mr O’Byrne said tenders for track repairs are expected to be called in the next few weeks with tenders for bridge works at the Strahan end a short time later.


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