From tracks to treasure
Twins get creative to raise money
TEENAGERS Harrison and Jackson Kemp don’t spend their downtime the way you’d expect most teenagers to – they spend it voluntarily preserving the old railway station that played an integral role in the town’s history.
Throughout 2018 they gave up hundreds of hours restoring railway carriages and a semaphore tower at Gayndah Heritage Railway, and now they have a new project which aims to raise funds for further restorations.
The twin brothers have gotten creative, re-purposing railway dog spikes into colourful works of art.
“We found some pictures on the internet of things made out of dog spikes a few years ago and we didn’t think much of it, but recently we had to learn how to weld for our Duke of Edinburgh program so we thought we could start small with a project like that,” Harrison said.
“Railway dog spikes are the little spikes that hold the railway line onto the sleepers.”
Harrison and Jackson’s work will count towards a Bronze Certificate as part of the The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award.
To attain their certificates, the Burnett State College students are required to complete four sections of each level in the program; community service, skill, physical recreation and adventurous journey.
But the twins are also excited that the making and selling of the ornaments will provide them with funds for further restorations to be made.
“Most of the money is going towards the restoration of the heritage wagons and $10 is going back to us for the cost of the paint and supplies,” Harrison said.
“What we’ve made can be used for decorations around the house or garden ornaments.”
The boys’ creations can be purchased at the station every morning from 8.30am to 11am.
RE-PURPOSING: Harrison and Jackson Kemp have turned railway dog spikes into works of art.