Cockington Green Gardens: Four in hospital after tiny steam train derails at tourist park

Four people have been injured after a miniature steam train derailed at a tourist attraction in Canberra’s north.

The derailment happened at Cockington Green Gardens, a tourist park featuring small-scaled buildings and miniature people, about 10am on Thursday.

The owners of the tourist park said they “deeply regret” the incident that led to four people being transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

“Cockington Green Gardens’ first thoughts are with those who were involved in the incident and deeply regrets this incident which is now the subject of police and WorkSafe ACT investigations,” they said in a statement.

“The attraction remains open, although the miniature steam train will not operate until further notice.

“Due to those current investigations and ongoing interviews, Cockington Green Gardens advises that further comment is not possible at this stage.”

ACT Policing is now appealing for witnesses or people with mobile phone footage to contact Crime Stoppers.

WorkSafe ACT will take charge of the investigation.

Work Health and Safety commissioner Jacqueline Agius was unable to comment when contacted by NCA NewsWire.

Cockington Green Gardens is best known for its handcrafted miniature displays.

The train was specifically made for the park and is a half-sized replica of a Fowler cane loco, according to the Cockington Green website.

The train can seat up to 20 people, or 35 children, at one time, and carries visitors on two laps around the grounds.

It was originally fuelled by coal but converted to run on gas. The company believes it to be “the only one of its kind”.

The train was last serviced in August, when it was taken offline for two days for “pre-Floriade maintenance”. Floriade, a celebration of spring, is Canberra’s largest tourist event.

“The safety of visitors and staff is the most important consideration in the operation of our beloved miniature steam train,” the owners said at the time.

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