TRAIL’S YOUNG GUNS

Brothers pre­serv­ing rail his­tory

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

THE Kemp brothers have been keen train en­thu­si­asts and jumped at the chance to vol­un­teer their time with the Gayn­dah Her­itage Rail­way Rail Trail.

Twin brothers Har­ri­son and Jack­son Kemp have been work­ing with the Gayn­dah Her­itage Rail­way Rail Trail since just af­ter its in­cep­tion.

“We have been vol­un­teer­ing here for about two years now,” Har­ri­son said.

“Then we started with restor­ing the flat tops which took us 15 months but now we work with Mike Goebel to help re­store th­ese other wag­ons, and we are also do­ing an­other flat top.”

Lach­lan cred­ited his brothers with their in­ter­est in trains for get­ting him in­volved too.

“My twin brother is more of the train buff and he started with this first, then I joined in,” Har­ri­son said.

Jack­son Kemp said the vol­un­teer­ing work he and his brothers have done gave them ex­tra in­sight into the in­dus­try.

“It’s also been re­ally good to be able to in­ter­act with the com­mu­nity and it also helps us with our Duke of Ed­in­burgh at school,” Jack­son said.

“We come down here pretty much ev­ery week­end to help Mr Goebel and to do stuff around the sta­tion.

“This teaches you the skills you need to get into the in­dus­try and what it would be like.”

The open day was the first chance the boys got to see peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate the hard work of the rail so­ci­ety.

“It’s a re­lief to see we haven’t done it for noth­ing and peo­ple are here see­ing the work we have done,” Jack­son said.

“They can see we haven’t been do­ing this for no rea­son and that it’s some­thing for the com­mu­nity.”

Jack­son also cited the im­por­tance of his­tory and rail in Queens­land.

“I be­lieve it’s pretty im­por­tant to teach younger peo­ple about our his­tory and what was used and what needs to be done to pre­serve it,” Jack­son said.

Jack­son and Har­ri­son’s old­est brother Lach­lan has also been a com­mit­ted vol­un­teer with the rail so­ci­ety and said his in­ter­est got even stronger af­ter his time with them.

The brothers said they will con­tinue to be ded­i­cated vol­un­teers for the Gayn­dah Her­itage Rail­way Rail Trail and hope to see more of the com­mu­nity embrace the unique his­tor­i­cal site.

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

RAIL PAS­SION­ATE: The Kemp brothers love the ex­pe­ri­ence of the Gayn­dah Her­itage Rail­way.

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