Helping keep rail heritage alive
THE Kemp brothers have been keen train enthusiasts and jumped at the chance to volunteer their time with the Gayndah Heritage Railway Rail Trail.
Twin brothers Harrison and Jackson Kemp have been working with the Gayndah Heritage Railway Rail Trail since just after its inception.
"We have been volunteering here for about two years now,” Harrison said.
"Then we started with restoring the flat tops which took us 15 months but now we work with Mike Goebel to help restore these other wagons, and we are also doing another flat top.”
Lachlan credited his brothers with their interest in trains for getting him involved too.
"My twin brother is more of the train buff and he started with this first, then I joined in,” Harrison said.
Jackson Kemp said the volunteering work he and his brothers have done gave them extra insight into the industry.
"It's also been really good to be able to interact with the community and it also helps us with our Duke of Edinburgh at school,” Jackson said.
"We come down here pretty much every weekend to help Mr Goebel and to do stuff around the station.
"This teaches you the skills you need to get into the industry and what it would be like.”
The open day was the first chance the boys got to see people appreciate the hard work of the rail society.
"It's a relief to see we haven't done it for nothing and people are here seeing the work we have done,” Jackson said.
"They can see we haven't been doing this for no reason and that it's something for the community.”
Jackson also cited the importance of history and rail in Queensland.
"I believe it's pretty important to teach younger people about our history and what was used and what needs to be done to preserve it,” Jackson said.
Jackson and Harrison's oldest brother Lachlan has also been a committed volunteer with the rail society and said his interest got even stronger after his time with them.
The brothers said they will continue to be dedicated volunteers for the Gayndah Heritage Railway Rail Trail and hope to see more of the community embrace the unique historical site.