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Railway fuelled by donation

25th Oct 2012 2:22 PM

The man behind the idea, MVHR volunteer and Coles Express Gympie service station attendant, Quentin McLachlan (centre) with MVHR Coles Express operations manager Peter Sheean and Shell Queensland corporate representative Graham Box. Renee Pilcher
MARY Valley Heritage Railway volunteers are doing what they can to keep the tourist attraction running.

And, at this point, every little bit counts.

A donation from Shell of 1000 litres of engine oil, worth about $5000, will definitely help.

Railway volunteer and Coles Express petrol station attendant Quentin McLachlan, took advantage of a one-off opportunity to bring in the big guns.

On the opening day of Coles Express Gympie, Mr McLachlan approached company executives and asked them to consider backing MVHR by supplying engine oil to service the locomotives.

He asked both Shell and Coles Express to support the local community by donating oil to the region's biggest tourist attraction.

Unaware of the heritage railway's plight, the company executives jumped on board simply as a public relations exercise. At yesterday's official donation handover, Shell Queensland corporate representative Graham Box learned of the organisation's hardship.

"I think people need to put their thinking caps on," he said when asked for his thoughts on a way to save the Rattler.

Mr McLachlan inquired about a donation because the railway workshop had run out of oil and there was no money to purchase more to service the engines.

"It's a big tourist drawcard," he told The Gympie Times.

"Little communities in the Mary Valley will be at risk of becoming ghost towns without the Rattler bringing visitors to the towns."

With the organisation in dire straits due to a number of contributing factors, MVHR has begun to sell-off some of its assets.

A number of vintage railway carriages and other rolling stock have been put up for sale. Some items were in operation recently while other items have been described as "decrepit".

Nevertheless, all items have historic significance and would be of interest to railway enthusiasts.

Photographs of the carriages, inside and out, can be viewed online at artq.net or by emailing MVHR manager Jim Walker at jim@mvhr.org.au.

When asked why the track was under scrutiny when a tender wheel was the cause of the minor derailment and not the condition of the track, Mr Walker said the situation would be made much clearer next week.

"Until we see what the (rail safety) regulator says, I can't comment," he said.

For the time being, it was all smiles as the heritage railway's team accepted the generous donation yesterday.

"It's great to see a national company and local employer come on board to support MVHR," Mr Walker said.

"This is a real shot in the arm."
It takes many nails to build a crib, but one screw to fill it.
(26-Oct-2012, 10:16 AM)jf934 Wrote:
(26-Oct-2012, 09:09 AM)Westwind Wrote: Finally located a photo of the derailed loco.

I see a "9" on the front board. ...Blah blah blah waffle waffle... :banme

It is shame that this forum has degenerated to the point where such crap is allowed to be published.

Right. That's it. There was once a time when we used to swing the ban hammer frequently and relentlessly. Now that the established membership has spoken, it is time to return to our fundamentals and return to some aspects of the good old days, and chucking a few good old fashioned bannings around.

This is not the most honourable way to deal with mr Westwind. At Railbastard, they have a most excellent 'Apparatus' with which to dispatch recalcitrant trolls from their site. I suppose I could request a temporary allocation of the rolling stock to this site, but let's face it, this is a major RB site trademark, and should be respected as such.

We were once fairly relentless with the now largely defunct and obsolete 'DFC' in the manner of bannings and humiliation, but now a similar principle should and will be used against the modern Troll.

So here's how it works. I'll leave WestTrolls account open for as long as it takes me to find my admin password (should be no more that a couple of hours) - he may get to read about his impending doom in that time but if not, stiff shit.

Overall, nothing he has posted has been constructive, informed, or based on fact. His rants are an insult to people who actually work in the industry and are close and personal to those that work within it. He is your typical sniper - full of doom from an apparent position of knowledge, but when challenged, chooses to ignore opportunities to state his credentials. Thus illustrating that he confuses facts with his own opinion and realities with his ego.

If you're quick Ferral line, you might get a chance of right of reply, but mate, you're outta here!
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"You have enemies? Good! That means that you have stood up for something you believe in, at some time in your life....."
Not very good news at all.

http://www.gympietimes.com.au/news/rattl...e/1598767/


Mary Valley Rattler's downfall to derail railway workers

Manager Jim Walker is hopeful. Renee Pilcher
MARY Valley Heritage Railway's paid workers have received termination notices along with a promise they will be reinstated if the Rattler gets back on track.

Manager Jim Walker was among the railway's 10 workers made redundant due to lack of funding and a series of events that caused major financial problems for the tourist attraction.

Mr Walker remained positive in the face of adversity.

"The termination notices are precautionary," he said.

"Staff have been given five weeks notice and advised the termination notices can be withdrawn at any time."

That is if the heritage railway receives good news from the rail safety regulator.

"When we are in the position to recommence operations, obviously we will rescind them immediately," Mr Walker said.

"We are working on the assumption that we're going to resume operations."

Mr Walker said one staff member had left promptly after receiving a termination letter.

The rest are going about operations as usual, with maintenance, repairs and alterations being carried out.

A former track worker said the track was wrongfully blamed for a derailment that suspended operations pending a safety report.

While he asked to remain anonymous, he revealed springs in the tender's bogie had snapped, which restricted movement as it rounded a bend, forcing it off the track.

Mr Walker said the tender had been altered during repairs by the previous owner, leaving insufficient clearance for the bogie to swing with the track's curve.

"The prime cause was the lack of clearance not allowing the bogie to swing," he said.

"There was a broken spring, but we're pretty sure that happened as a result of the incident. It was a brand new break so we think it happened at the time."

He said if the heritage railway started operating again, the track gang would return to its full strength of three full-time workers and one part-time.

But the former track worker said a gang that size could not cope with 42km of deteriorating track.
It takes many nails to build a crib, but one screw to fill it.
It will be interesting to learn of the regulators investigation, and the root causes....and even more interesting to see their recommendations.

I for one, will be making a hell of a din if they permanently withdraw MVHR's accreditation, or place such conditions on them that they wont be able to operate at all.
"You have enemies? Good! That means that you have stood up for something you believe in, at some time in your life....."
(27-Oct-2012, 05:44 PM)LadyGuard Wrote: Not very good news at all.

http://www.gympietimes.com.au/news/rattl...e/1598767/


Mary Valley Rattler's downfall to derail railway workers

Manager Jim Walker is hopeful. Renee Pilcher
MARY Valley Heritage Railway's paid workers have received termination notices along with a promise they will be reinstated if the Rattler gets back on track.

Manager Jim Walker was among the railway's 10 workers made redundant due to lack of funding and a series of events that caused major financial problems for the tourist attraction.

Mr Walker remained positive in the face of adversity.

"The termination notices are precautionary," he said.

"Staff have been given five weeks notice and advised the termination notices can be withdrawn at any time."

That is if the heritage railway receives good news from the rail safety regulator.

"When we are in the position to recommence operations, obviously we will rescind them immediately," Mr Walker said.

"We are working on the assumption that we're going to resume operations."

Mr Walker said one staff member had left promptly after receiving a termination letter.

The rest are going about operations as usual, with maintenance, repairs and alterations being carried out.

A former track worker said the track was wrongfully blamed for a derailment that suspended operations pending a safety report.

While he asked to remain anonymous, he revealed springs in the tender's bogie had snapped, which restricted movement as it rounded a bend, forcing it off the track.

Mr Walker said the tender had been altered during repairs by the previous owner, leaving insufficient clearance for the bogie to swing with the track's curve.

"The prime cause was the lack of clearance not allowing the bogie to swing," he said.

"There was a broken spring, but we're pretty sure that happened as a result of the incident. It was a brand new break so we think it happened at the time."

He said if the heritage railway started operating again, the track gang would return to its full strength of three full-time workers and one part-time.

But the former track worker said a gang that size could not cope with 42km of deteriorating track.

The anonymity of the track worker and his apparent expert opinion on mechanical matters is a joke.
(28-Oct-2012, 10:55 AM)jf934 Wrote:
(27-Oct-2012, 05:44 PM)LadyGuard Wrote: Not very good news at all.

http://www.gympietimes.com.au/news/rattl...e/1598767/


Mary Valley Rattler's downfall to derail railway workers

Manager Jim Walker is hopeful. Renee Pilcher
MARY Valley Heritage Railway's paid workers have received termination notices along with a promise they will be reinstated if the Rattler gets back on track.

Manager Jim Walker was among the railway's 10 workers made redundant due to lack of funding and a series of events that caused major financial problems for the tourist attraction.

Mr Walker remained positive in the face of adversity.

"The termination notices are precautionary," he said.

"Staff have been given five weeks notice and advised the termination notices can be withdrawn at any time."

That is if the heritage railway receives good news from the rail safety regulator.

"When we are in the position to recommence operations, obviously we will rescind them immediately," Mr Walker said.

"We are working on the assumption that we're going to resume operations."

Mr Walker said one staff member had left promptly after receiving a termination letter.

The rest are going about operations as usual, with maintenance, repairs and alterations being carried out.

A former track worker said the track was wrongfully blamed for a derailment that suspended operations pending a safety report.

While he asked to remain anonymous, he revealed springs in the tender's bogie had snapped, which restricted movement as it rounded a bend, forcing it off the track.

Mr Walker said the tender had been altered during repairs by the previous owner, leaving insufficient clearance for the bogie to swing with the track's curve.

"The prime cause was the lack of clearance not allowing the bogie to swing," he said.

"There was a broken spring, but we're pretty sure that happened as a result of the incident. It was a brand new break so we think it happened at the time."

He said if the heritage railway started operating again, the track gang would return to its full strength of three full-time workers and one part-time.

But the former track worker said a gang that size could not cope with 42km of deteriorating track.

The anonymity of the track worker and his apparent expert opinion on mechanical matters is a joke.
He may well have little knowledge of mechanical matters but I'm inclined to agree with his statement regarding the gang not coping with the track. It's a big ask unless they are mechanized!
Word has it that The Government Rail Regulator has advised that the report will now be forwarded on Monday..
It takes many nails to build a crib, but one screw to fill it.
Yeah yeah yeah......... "forwarded"....their last little bit of power before the national regaulator takes over.... :rolleyes
"You have enemies? Good! That means that you have stood up for something you believe in, at some time in your life....."


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