Stu­dents re­store com­mu­nity trea­sure

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - — FELIC­ITY RIP­PER

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.

PHOTO: FELIC­ITY RIP­PER

TOP EF­FORT: Jack­son, Har­ri­son and Lauch­lan Kemp re­stored the semaphore tower at the Gayndah Rail­way Sta­tion.

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