Wheelchair users will now benefit from improved attraction access at Whiteman Park with a new train carriage added to the Bennett Brook Railway vintage train ride service.
The carriage will allow for at least four people in wheelchairs, along with their family and carers, to travel around the park in the fully enclosed train carriage.
The Western Australian Light Railway Preservation Association, a not-for-profit volunteer organisation which operates the Bennett Brook Railway train service, built the new carriage with support from Whiteman Park’s railway improvement fund.
The carriage door has a drawbridge-style ramp that connects to the platform, while the carriage’s door mechanism is linked to the brakes, so it will only open when the brakes are fully engaged.
When in service, the wheelchair carriage will operate on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The works were undertaken by retirees who are active members and volunteers of Bennett Brook Railway.
As stated by Planning Minister Rita Saffioti:
“Whiteman Park is a special place for many people in our community and we want to make sure everyone can access the fun and events that are hosted.
“This purpose-built carriage is a testament to the wonderful work of the dedicated volunteers from the Light Railway Preservation Association do to maintain this train service for visitors to the Park.
“I can’t wait to see it in use this summer!”
As stated by Disability Services Minister Don Punch:
“It joins other accessible attractions including the access ramps for the heritage electric tram rides, Pia’s Place all-abilities play space and the Changing Places facility, making Whiteman Park a fully inclusive destination for people with disability to socialise with their families and friends.”
“The State Government is committed to improving access to inclusive events and activities, allowing people with disability to feel connected to their communities.”