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Train Rides On Hold

Train Rides On Hold
The Farer Fiji Trains when it first arrived. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
November 08
13:37 2018

A company that was supposed to oper­ate trains for tourism purposes such as sightseeing said yesterday they are still working on the project.

Farer Group Fiji managing director Arthur Yang however, did not want to disclose any details on the project.

“We are still doing some work and I can’t give you any comments right now.

“We will let you know when we are ready,” he said.

Farer Group Fiji is owned by couple Mr Yang and his wife Elena Pan and they oper­ate three entities, Farer Train, Farer Dolphin and Farer Tour.

Mr Yang imported two diesel engines and two passenger carriages.

The company was to have operated the im­ported trains from near Nadi International Airport.

He had said then that they would use the Fiji Sugar Corporation tramlines and would pay a levy to the Fiji Sugar Corporation.

However, the trains have sat on the tram­lines opposite Air Terminal Services and have deteriorated and are partly covered by grass.

The train was expected to carry 27 passen­gers on board at a time.

When the announcement was made in April 2017, Mr Yang, said operations were expected to begin two months later and guests could either travel to Lautoka or towards Sigatoka.

“We will operate and I can’t say anything further.”

Passenger train travel in Fiji is not new.

Former sugar miller CSR operated free pas­senger trains on its tracks back in pre-inde­pendence days.

The Coral Coast Railway based opposite Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa, operates to Natadola Beach and also does shopping trips into Sigatoka.

Feedback: charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

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