Discussions on future of the steam train to take place.

A meeting to discuss the future of the steam train is scheduled to take place today. Discussions with the Aqua dome are understood to have failed and it`s now likely the Windmill Company will operate the train. The Town Council has been evaluating its role in tourism projects and is anxious to lease the train to a company already involved in the tourism industry.One major stumbling block is the steam train has debts of 300,000 euro. Attempts by the council to raise a loan to cover the debts have been unsuccessful after the Department of the Environment refused permission to the local authority. Initial approaches to the aqua dome received a favourable response however the water park was insistent they would only lease the tourism project debt free.Businesses in Blennerville are understood to be unhappy at how long the negotiations are taking. The train which runs between Tralee and Blennerville has not operated this year and no information on its future is available. They’re concerned that tour companies who want to make bookings are being left in limbo and their business is just being diverted elsewhere. Radio Kerry News understands a meeting is due to take place today at which the windmill will be confirmed as the new operator for the train.

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