Pro­ject cel­e­brates town’s tim­ber past

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

Man­jimup Men’s Shed mem­bers have found the per­fect way to show off the old tim­ber town’s his­tory, along a sec­tion of dis­used rail­way track.

The group has worked hard to re­store an old train car­riage used to trans­port tim­ber and turned it into a lo­co­mo­tive dis­play along South Western High­way near the town’s en­trance.

Men’s Shed pres­i­dent Fran­cis Hull said they had man­aged to sal­vage the equip­ment, which had been in poor con­di­tion.

“We’ve lifted it all up from the tim­ber park and it was in a very di­lap­i­dated con­di­tion, so we took it all down to the shed to re­store,” he said.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Ted Tay­lor said the wheels on the train were stamped 1877, in­di­cat­ing the year they were made.

Man­jimup shire her­itage park restora­tion man­ager Jess Win- ters said all up the process had cost about $20,000.

“Jes­sica asked us to re­store it and asked us how much it would cost so we put to­gether a plan with a price which she ac­cepted,” Mr Hull said.

He said they were still work­ing on the dis­play and would soon be adding two more car­riages.

“One is ba­si­cally fin­ished and the other is about half way there,” he said.

Pic­ture: Holly Thomp­son

Man­jimup Men’s Shed pres­i­dent Fran­cis Hull with com­mit­tee mem­ber Leon Brooks, shire her­itage park restora­tion man­ager Jess Win­ters and com­mit­tee mem­ber Ted Tay­lor.

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