Volunteers put in overtime on Rattler clean-up
VANDALISM has not stopped the Mary Valley Rattler restoration, with volunteers working overtime to repair the damage.
In only five days the Silver Bullet locomotive and five carriages have been cleaned up, and were back on display at the old Gympie station on Wednesday.
Rattler Railway Company vice-chairman Garry Davison many of the company’s volunteers had worked longer than usual to rid the heritage carriages of graffiti painted during a late-night break-in last Thursday.
“There was a significant amount of work,” Mr Davison said.
With 13 carriages still to be cleaned up Mr Davison hoped the vandalism might spark a greater volunteer interest in the project.
He said the company would also look at how to improve security.
“Obviously we’ll look at tightening that up,” he said.
Police are still looking for the vandals, who sprayed graffiti on 19 carriages, two buildings and a crane while also setting off fire extinguishers around the site.
Mr Davison was confident they would be tracked down.
“If they’re not caught now, they might get caught for the next thing and then we’ll rope them in,” he said.
Police have asked anyone with information about the break-in to call Policelink on 131 444.
RESTORED: Tomas Finder, Tom Elliot, Brian Podger, Trevor Laird, Hans Aeberli, Peter Bray, Ross Melrose, Con McNamara, and Bill Lipke with the carriages. PHOTO: RATTLER RAILWAY COMPANY