Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

The Old Guard Catches Up on Steam Train

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

The Old Guard Catches Up on Steam Train

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Byline: GERARD WALSH

AFTER starting as a junior clerk at the Warwick Railway Station on March 22, 1948, Bryan Doyle retired in 1994 as general manager of south-east division of Queensland Rail (QR).

Mr Doyle was one of 30 railway men and their families who had morning tea in the Loco Railway Shed at the station yesterday morning before joining a Southern Downs Steam Rail trip to Clifton.

He put down his rise through the ranks of QR to being prepared to move.

"I had 11 transfers around the State," Mr Doyle said.

"The highlight (yesterday) was meeting some people I hadn't seen for 40 years.

"We had a fantastic meal at the Irish pub (O'Shanley's) at Clifton."

Mark Underwood, of Tewantin, was the oldest former railway man at thereunion.

He joined the railway at Warwick five weeks before the outbreak of World War II in 1939.

"There were 42 sets of drivers, firemen and guards in Warwick at the time, as well as three signal cabins and a workshop," Mr Underwood said. …

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