It’s been decided – The locomotive at Mitchell Memorial Park will be receiving a new lease on life as it heads ‘home’ – East to Ipswich, for restoration by Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway (QPSR).
The plan is for the glorious old locomotive to be eventually return to the tracks, where it once worked, the Swanbank line.
It’ll be renamed ‘Booringa’ and put back to work giving generations to come can experience of the joys of travelling on a steam train.
And as part of the deal free rides will be available for residents of the 4465 postcode along their heritage railway.
The local community does not go without under the deal with the Mitchell community to be presented with gifts from QPSR.
Deputy Mayor Jan Chambers says it’s a good outcome and opportunity.
“It’s an exciting opportunity to upgrade the Mitchell Memorial Park. We want the community to be part of the journey and help us make this the best area we can for all those using the park now and into the future.”
“We are in consultation with QPSR about the options that are available to us – Council decided to accept in principle the offer of items, including cab, sleeping car or miniature train. Additionally, we will begin immediate planning and consultation with our residents for an upgrade to the Mitchell Memorial Park along a train theme.”
Other conditions of the exchange include the Mitchell community having first option to purchase the locomotive after restoration if it is subsequently offered to the market for sale by QPSR or its agents.
It was also resolved that the locomotive be returned to Mitchell if it is found that it cannot be restored. Neither Council nor the community will carry any associated costs of removal or restoration of the locomotive.
Information about the upcoming community consultation will be made available once confirmed.