Railway relics on show this weekend
By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE'S award-winning railway display will be open for a rare showing this weekend as part of the Gladstone Harbour Festival.
Senior volunteer for Gladstone QR (Queensland Rail) Heritage Interpretive Centre Neville Robertson-Hughes said the local display was rated the best of its kind in Queensland outside of Ipswich.
'We are very proud of the two major Queensland Rail awards we received because they are very hard to get,' he said.
The Gladstone group is part of the Ipswich-based QR Heritage section of the Queensland Railways.
Mr Robertson-Hughes said few people knew about the display as it was rarely open to the general public because of access difficulties.
The display is housed in the original Q Link Freight depot in the railway yards east of the Gladstone Railway Station.
The display is divided into five sections: a 1955 period small station master's office and signals display; a 180 framed photographic history; an antique tool, railway signage display; a trolley and barrow area; and a 29-metre model railway circuit.
He said there would be guided tours throughout the display with each section offering guides in their particular expertise of railway knowledge.
'Because railways cover such a very large subject, the group has three senior volunteers to cover the variety of interests of its members,' he said.
Mr Robertson-Hughes said several of the displays had taken more than two years to complete.
'The opening of the heritage centre this year will be a test of how well the volunteers at the centre have done their job.'
Visitors to the museum should go to Harbour Terrace and follow the signs. The museum will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 4pm. Entry is free.