Cart­ing back his­tory

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: PHILIPPE CO­QUERAND

PRE­SERV­ING HIS­TORY: David Zipf help­ing un­load the rail­way cargo at the Mundubbera rail­way precinct.

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