The Trust will be responsible for the on-going viability of the railway. A sizable proportion of the operational budget has been set aside for marketing activities, to widen and sustain the visitor base required to support the on-going operation. As discussed elsewhere in this document and the associated application, a widening of the scope of attractions, linkages and connection with existing attractions will be essential for the on-going sustainability of the railway.
The ultimate goal of the Trust is to reinstate the internationally-significant Fell-worked Incline, and this, it is believed, will be the ultimate draw-card to the operation of the heritage railway between Upper Hutt and the Wairarapa. Negotiations will commence with the Department of Conservation for the extension of the railway past Summit to Cross Creek once the Maymorn – Summit stage has been approved.