Rattler line gets a spruce up
VOLUNTEERS have been hard at work over the past few weeks in vegetation management at the Valley Rattler.
On January 15, a work train was organised where vegetation was attended to between Gympie and Monkland stations.
Six wagonloads of branches and undergrowth were cleared and disposed of.
The recently restored DH 45 was the power for the work train and the eight volunteers put in a big effort.
On February 4, volunteers cleared the growth around a ganger's hut just south of Gympie Railway Station.
Four volunteers worked in both sunshine and rain to clear drains, start initial restoration work on the hut and move former QR railway equipment from the hut to the MVHR's maintenance compound.
Sunday, February 12 saw another work train operating, again with DH 45 being the power.
In hot and humid conditions, seven MVHR volunteers worked to clear re-growth on the Gympie to Monkland section of the Valley Rattler line.
MVHR volunteers are also conducting spraying of the historic line to inhibit weeds and grass on the track.
These volunteers travel from Brisbane and spend the day on a motorised ganger vehicle travelling the full length of the Mary Valley line.
As one volunteer said: "I get to do what I love and also it assists the MVHR in its vegetation management program".
This vegetation management complements and supports the track work being performed by the MVHR's track gang.