David Thompson has resigned from the role of Rattler Railway Company general manager only three months after being appointed.
David Thompson has resigned from the role of Rattler Railway Company general manager only three months after being appointed.

Rattler leader resigns, new acting GM named

THE turnover at the top of the Mary Valley Rattler continues with the company yesterday announcing its third new general manager in 15 months.

Rattler assets and operations manager Micheal Green has been named the Rattler Railway Company's acting general manager following the abrupt departure of David Thompson.

A RRC spokeswoman said Mr Thompson was leaving to take up an international position.

Mr Thompson took the train's top job in February following a five-month search to replace ex-Jondaryan Woolshed GM Lisa Raklander.

 

STEPPING UP: Rattle assets and operations manager Micheal Green (above) is taking over the reins of the Rattler Railway Company following the sudden departure of David Thompson.
STEPPING UP: Rattle assets and operations manager Micheal Green (above) is taking over the reins of the Rattler Railway Company following the sudden departure of David Thompson. Contributed

Ms Raklander was herself hired to replace Peter Blashki following his sudden departure in December 2017.

Mr Green joined the Rattler last September, and RRC chairman Ian McNicol was confident of the choice.

"Micheal has over 40 years of experience in rail operations and is fully across all aspects of Rattler operations," Mr McNicol said.

He thanked Mr Thompson for his contribution to the heritage train this year.

Mr Thompson said he enjoyed his time with the Rattler, but his international opportunity was too good to pass up.

 

The Mary Valley Rattler.
The Mary Valley Rattler. Donna Jones

"The Rattler is a unique attraction that showcases the region and is also a great opportunity for visitors to see local community spirit, through all the volunteers working within the organisation," Mr Thompson said.

"I would like to thank everyone for their support and look forward to following the Rattler as it continues to gain a reputation for excellence."

Mr McNicol said since launching in October, the Rattler had extended train services to five days a week, and welcomed more than 17,000 guests, with more than 85 per cent of them coming from outside the Gympie region.

"We have also held a very successful series of special events trains and have even more planned throughout the year," he said.

Gympie Times


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