Carting back history
THE Mundubbera Railway precinct has brought home a piece of living history with a railway goods wagon arriving on Tuesday morning.
Unloading the wagon took several hours of lifting by the crane, which was ultimately unsuccessful due to the weight of the wagon.
A second attempt to move the goods cargo will take place later this week.
Mundubbera Heritage Railway president Bruce Serisier said he was pleased the community could restore some history.
“We purchased the goods wagon from an agency in the Lockyer Valley and we hope to move it on to the railway tracks,” he said.
“We’ll have a piece of rolling stock that can be moved into our little shed that will be closed eventually, but the place will look like the railway station.”
Mr Serisier said the wagon and railway network were exclusively part of history these days.
“In most places the rails have been pulled up and it’s gone,” he said.
“It’s part of the railway history. The Mundubbera Enterprise Association is the one supporting it and we have a heritage railway group with 20 odd members that have been restoring the old railway station.”
The goods wagon will be a way to relive the North Burnett’s history, he said.
“It means it’s a link to their past history otherwise it’ll all be lost and we’re trying to preserve that history,” Mr Serisier said.
North Burnett Regional Council deputy mayor Faye Whelan said she expected the wagon to be an iconic tourist attraction once it’s fully installed.
“This is the first of many the committee is planning, we are wanting to source more iconic-type carriages and trolleys and things that the railway had in the history of the line,” Cr Whelan said.
PRESERVING HISTORY: David Zipf helping unload the railway cargo at the Mundubbera railway precinct.