Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Interest Spikes as Model Citizens Make Tracks

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Interest Spikes as Model Citizens Make Tracks

Article excerpt

TEAMS vying for honours in the Queensland Rail Silver Spike competition at the Sunshine Coast Show this weekend got some unusual practice yesterday.

The champion spike drivers converged on Nambour's Model Railway Park to help repair model train tracks damaged during recent flooding.

Members of four Silver Spike teams rolled up their sleeves for the Sunshine Coast Railway Modellers Society to carry out repairs free of charge.

aWe put the call out to local community groups in April to provide ideas on projects the Silver Spike teams could take part in before competing in the regional finals at the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show,a Queensland Rail chief network officer John Pistak said.

aThe Model Railway Park in Nambour has been damaged by flooding and continuous wet weather, as well as being the target of vandalism.

aThe Silver Spike competitors will pick up their tools and help repair the train tracks and repaint the toilet block.

aIt is very fitting that we were able to assist this non-profit group, comprising more than 30 local rail enthusiasts. …

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