WALHALLA Goldfield Railway’s plans to rebuild the line back to Erica has certainly captured the imaginations of a widening base of state politicians of late.

Spotted recently in one of the Walhalla Goldfields Railway’s carriages was former State Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy, along with his wife and two children.

The Guys took the hour long return rail journey through the picturesque Stringer’s Creek gorge to the Thomson River. Upon their return, Mr Guy met with Walhalla Goldfields Railway President, Greg Hansford.

Mr Guy confided that the motivation for the visit followed an enthusiastic report by colleague and former professional tennis player Sam Groth, who is the Shadow Minister for Tourism, who recently witnessed first hand the combined efforts of the railway’s dedicated band of volunteers, and gentle pressure from the Member for Narracan, Wayne Farnham, who had briefed him on the railway’s extension plans.

Having now seen what had been achieved to date, Mr Guy indicated he would return in the near future to determine how he could further assist to turn the Goldfields plans into a reality.

Walhalla is bracing for Hollywood to arrive, with filming of Ice Road 2 starring Liam Neeson, set to begin in the next fortnight.