Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

A Bunch of Old Fellas Walk into a Bar

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

A Bunch of Old Fellas Walk into a Bar

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Byline: Carly Morrissey

"WHAT happens at work, stays at work," jokes retired Ipswich Railway Trimmer Don Turner.

He was attending the trimmers' reunion at Banjo's Cafe on Tuesaday, reminiscing with Rodney Hogan about the good old days.

"I was his first and only apprentice in 1960," Mr Hogan said of his mate.

"They never gave me another one," Mr Turner joked. "I had nothing left to teach anybody."

Mr Hogan was the only apprentice to go from the shop to the drawing office, he retired in 2000 as manager of the Ipswich workshop.

Mr Turner, 80 said the reunion was a great chance to have a chat and see some old mates. Mr Hogan said he was looking forward to catching up on old times and mates he hadn't seen for 12 months.

Reunion organiser Lyle Barlow initiated the event eight years ago after being told the trimmers weren't allowed to join the carriage builders event. He still invites the carriage builders to his event, which is held the Tuesday after Melbourne Cup every year at Banjo's Cafe bar. …

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