Railway heritage expands
THE Mary Valley Heritage Railway has added another wagon to its fleet with the donation of a specially fitted out goods van previously used as a display centre.
The wagon was transported to Gympie late last week and unloaded by crane at the Gympie Railway Station.
The supervising contractors Trackstar Alliance, who built the new Caboolture to Beerburrum rail line, donated the ex Queensland Rail goods van, after utilising the wagon as a display centre for its project.
MVHR Rattler manager Jim Walker said the Rattler is very thankful for the donation.
“Over the years the public have donated a number of items suitable for a rail heritage display,” he said.
“With the arrival of this wagon, which is already fitted out with lights and seats, the Rattler will now have the space to put the items on public view.
On the topic of accommodation, Mr Walker added the Rattler would be interested to hear from anyone able to donate lockable display cabinets.
“On a very different accommodation note, we would be also like to hear from anyone able to assist with shipping containers or similar to hold the workshop overflows.”
Trackstar not only donated the carriage but also went to considerable expense to have it transported to Gympie where it was unloaded by Wide Bay Cranes.
Mr Walker said the Rattler applauds this contribution to the preservation of Queensland’s Rail Heritage and plans to put it to good use as part of the MVHR fleet of railway history.