Students restore community treasure
FROM 1907 the Gayndah District Railway played a crucial role in driving industry throughout the region.
After the last steam train passed through Gayndah in 2005 significant artefacts were abandoned, but three Burnett State College students are determined to preserve the railway’s history.
On Tuesday Jackson, Harrison and Lauchlan Kemp unveiled the restored semaphore tower and after more than 100 hours of work between them, it couldn’t be guessed that the monument was rusting away in a paddock just months earlier.
“They’ve been very diligent, showing a lot of enthusiasm and commitment to their community,” Burnett River Railtrail Ambassador Mike Goebel said.
Throughout the 1900s the tower was situated near the Burnett Highway with a series of pulleys connecting it to a lever at the station.
The station master would pull the lever, signalling whether or not a train could pass through.
Along with the refurbishment of old carriages at the station, for Jackson and Harrison, restoring the semaphore tower will count towards a Bronze Certificate as part of the The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.
TOP EFFORT: Jackson, Harrison and Lauchlan Kemp restored the semaphore tower at the Gayndah Railway Station.