Vol­un­teers put in over­time on Rat­tler clean-up

The Gympie Times - - NEWS -

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

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