Pre­serv­ing rail his­tory needs help

Central and North Burnett Times - - MONTO SHOW 2014 -

IT’S HARD to be­lieve scuba suits were ever used by work­ers in the North Bur­nett.

But Jack Muller will show you pic­tures of men in suits, div­ing 10 feet into wa­ter to con­struct foun­da­tions for the Glass­ford Creek Rail­way Bridge.

The mem­bers of the Bur­nett Boyne Rail Line Preser­va­tion Group have got sto­ries to tell about the back-break­ing toils of the re­gion’s fore­fa­thers.

They can tell you how the most lu­cra­tive job on the line was that of the tun­nel ex­ca­va­tion min­ers, who were paid the equiv­a­lent of $1.90 a day.

It in­creased to $2 if the ground was wet.

They can tell you how the line’s six tun­nels were tire­lessly ex­ca­vated with “picks, shov­els and gelig­nite” by men who braved many land­slides and cave-ins to com­plete their work­day.

These sto­ries are as en­trenched into the Bur­nett Boyne Rail Line as its 92-year-old sleep­ers.

But, due to po­lit­i­cal chal­lenges, the group faces a huge ob­sta­cle in keep­ing this mem­ory alive much longer.

They hope to claim the Monto Sta­tion build­ing and all the rail line from Eidsvold to the shire boundary.

The pos­si­bil­i­ties this line now leaves for tourism are nu­mer­ous, mem­bers be­lieve.

These goals have had dif­fi­culty gain­ing trac­tion due to the co-oper­a­tion they re­quire from the coun­cil and the Glad­stone Re­gional Coun­cil and they re­quire ur­gent sup­port.

The deeply pas­sion­ate mem­bers will be at the Monto Show seek­ing out like-minded fol­low­ers or any in­ter­ested in­di­vid­u­als.

New mem­bers are wel­come to join the group for $5 and join the fight for the Bur­nett Boyne Rail Line.

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