Big Banana Train Up for $1

An iconic piece of Coffs Harbour history will soon have a new home to travel to when the Big Banana Trains go under the hammer this Tuesday starting from $1.

The Big Banana was one of Australia’s first big tourist attractions and has been a thriving destination for the mid north coast since 1964.

The rail system was introduced in the 1980s as part of a major tourism rebuild giving locals and tourists the chance to explore the parks attractions in a different way.

“This is a great opportunity to own a significant piece of local history which many Australians know and recognise,” said Mr. Lee Hames, Chief Operations Officer for Lloyds Auctions.

“There has been interest from buyers of all types, from people wanting to recondition the trains and people wanting to save them as memorabilia pieces,” continued Mr. Hames.

“People have enquired about restoring them into different local tourism attractions within Coffs Harbour to preserve their tourism history which we think is a fantastic idea and a great way to honour the trains service history,” said Mr. Hames.

The trains have been garaged within the Big Banana complex since 2005 but will now make room for accommodation and improved maintenance facilities.

It appears rail transport auctions are becoming quite the craze with the Gold Coasts iconic Broadbeach monorail also going up for auction on Tuesday which was decommissioned in 2017 and has been in storage ever since.

“You do not want to miss the opportunity to own such unique pieces of tourism history, you don’t see your local tourist train or monorail go under the hammer every day,” said Mr. Hames.

The two auctions go under the hammer on the 25th May with the bidding closing from 2pm on the Iconic Big Banana Trains and from 7pm on the Gold Coast Broadbeach Iconic Monorail.  

For footage of both trains please enquire below or visit www.lloydsauctions.com.au for more information.

Scott Webber

Head Of Valuations

Accredited Senior Appraiser

Licensed Auctioneer

Qualifications & Affiliations

American Society of Appraisers (ASA)

Profile

Scott Webber is one of the founding partners at Lloyds and has worked for the company from its inception in 2004. In that time Scott has been a Licensed Auctioneer and Qualified ASA Valuer. Prior to Lloyds, Scott was a Farm Manager at Cubbie Station in Queensland, he has an earthmoving and agricultural background.

Scott is heavily involved in daily valuations. He acts for a wide range of clients and vendors including Insurance companies, Financiers, Insolvency Practitioners, Government branches, Joint Ventures and Alliances, large companies, and private individuals. Scott personally co-signs and oversees every valuation report completed by Lloyds. On average the Lloyds valuations department conducts over 500 appraisals per financial year.

Scott has managed many auctions and private sales, previously completing an approximate average of 400-800 traditional auction lots per week. Given that the Lloyds system is now online, traditional auctions are very minimal and are completed in a simulcast method, to comply with contracts we have with major government departments. Although Scott’s focus is currently Valuations, he still oversees and runs auctions weekly on a wide variety of assets from motor vehicles to very specialised process lines.

Scott offers a wealth of experience as an Auctioneer and Valuer in all aspects of Valuations and Asset Disposals.

Having headed disposal programs for Major Infrastructure Alliances, Joint Venture partnerships and Government projects throughout Australia, Scott has a wide range of experience in the Civil Construction, Earthmoving, Manufacturing and Agricultural sectors offering a “turn key” service from start to finish.

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