Preserving rail history needs help
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.