Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Old Mates Share Rail Tales at City Reunion; Workshops Museum Proudly Hosts Popular Annual Event

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Old Mates Share Rail Tales at City Reunion; Workshops Museum Proudly Hosts Popular Annual Event

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Byline: KIERAN BANKS kieran.banks@qt.com.au

FORMER railway workers retold stories of yesteryear at the Workshops Rail Museum yesterday, as they celebrated the annual reunion among old mates.

The reunion was combined with the Ipswich Heritage Fair and held extra significance this year as the museum marked its 10th anniversary.

One of the returning workers was Doug Leitch, who worked at the rail yards for a decade from 1964 to 1974 as a labourer.

The 89-year-old maintained the bays in which the trains were stationed while under going repairs.

He said the workshops were quite a sight when 1400 workers arrived and left for their shifts each day.

aThey did keep you occupied. There would be so many people in different bays, you didn't notice how many there were until it was knocking off time,a he said.

Mr Leitch said turning the site into a museum was the best way to keep the workshop's rich heritage in tact.

aIt's a marvellous idea for Australia to recognise the railways. …

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