‘Let’s get rolling,’ say the Rattler volunteers

LONG-term volunteer Kev Power joins other volunteers in welcoming recent developments in getting the Rattler back on track. Patrick Woods

"WE just want to see the trains going," Rattler volunteers Ken Whimpey and Ted Nielsen agreed at Old Gympie Railway Station.

Keith Gadischke seconded the informal resolution. "Don't we all," he said.

A formal meeting could not have been more clear in expressing the unanimous view of volunteers gathered casually over smoko in the Rattler workshop yesterday.

"We want to see trains up and running again," said Dean King. "There's nothing like a good steam locomotive."

The "steam amendment" was also seconded by Mr Gadischke. "There's nothing like burning coal," he said.

"We all love steam," said ex-Yorkshire railway man Arthur Ayrton.

There were no speakers against.

"Eight years of onboard service," Kev Pullman introduced himself. "I welcome the new committee, if they know about railways."

Kevin Power, "volunteer supervisor and every other bloody thing - station master on Sunday," said: "It looks as though everything is going in the right direction." He welcomed the new Rattler Railway Company and its State Government backing. "We've been waiting for two years and we feel a bit better now. They've got to get the trains running again and they've got to go out to Imbil," he said.

"(Deputy Premier) Jeff Seeney says he's got some money for us."

He welcomed Mr Seeney's promised $600,000 for rolling stock repairs, on top of $2 million for track rebuilding (at first only to Amamoor, but with Kandanga next and Imbil eventually).

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