Lex Dixon, the last Imbil station master to work on the Mary Valley Line before it closed, is disappointed at the ongoing vandalism at the station.
Lex Dixon, the last Imbil station master to work on the Mary Valley Line before it closed, is disappointed at the ongoing vandalism at the station. Tanya Easterby

Vandals hit historic Imbil Railway Station

THE Imbil Railway Station is a historical gem, but it is not getting the respect it deserves.

Since the Mary Valley Rattler stopped running the station has become a hot spot for vandals.

Recently the walls have been scorched by fire and the statue of the timber cutter wrapped in toilet paper.

Floors have been littered with burnt paper remnants and matches.

Imbil Heritage Park group secretary Col Huddy said they are out of answers to stop the disgraceful behaviour.

"Every few weeks someone has a go," he said.

"The station is isolated from the township.

"Vandals can get into the waiting room of the station and no one can see them.

"The only way to stop it is with cameras but we don't have the funds to do that.

"We really don't know what the answer is and that's even more frustrating than the vandals."

The Mary Valley Branch Railway extension from Kandanga to Brooloo was built in 1915 and Imbil flourished.

The area became more accessible and it was easier to remove timber from the forestry.

During the 1970s the railway ceased to operate regularly due to improving roads in the region.

Today the tracks sit unused and the station remains idle and Mr Huddy said he feared the vandalism will continue to worsen.

"If it isn't stopped, the station will end up being burnt to the ground.

"It's irreplaceable and if we lose it will have a huge impact on the township."

Gympie Times


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