WHEELY GOOD TIME: Lindsay Ditchman and Nev Dennien from the Murgon Men's Shed do some final tests on the billycarts before this weekend's Murgon Rail Trail Festival.
WHEELY GOOD TIME: Lindsay Ditchman and Nev Dennien from the Murgon Men's Shed do some final tests on the billycarts before this weekend's Murgon Rail Trail Festival. Jim Rook

Billycarts make a comeback at Rail Trail Festival

BILLYCART riders from yesteryear will be reminiscing at the Murgon Rail Trail Festival at the weekend.

The Murgon Men's Shed purpose-built the billycarts so they look just like they were in the good old days.

Member and former president of the Murgon Men's Shed, Jim Rook, said the members built all five billycarts specifically for the event.

"We use the same design as we did when we were kids,” Mr Rook said.

"The only changes are that we have made them to look like little steam trains.

"They all have different faces like Thomas the Tank Engine.”

The billycart competition will be a huge hit at this year's Murgon Rail Trail Festival, which also includes a massive inflatable obstacle course which spans more than three football fields.

The idea to race billycarts initially came about at the official opening of the rail trail last year.

The carts have a piece of rope for the steering wheel and a lump of timber for the brake.

"The only difference is we had cast iron wheels when we were kids,” Mr Rook said.

"This made for a very hairy ride.”

Murgon Men's Shed members will be on hand to help riders with the races, but as Mr Rook said, there wasn't too much to explain.

"They have just got to hang on and push like buggery,” he said.

Mr Rook said after the success of last year's billycart competition, the group might need to start taking individual orders.

"Councillor Kathy Duff loves her colour pink, so we might have to make her a special-edition one,” he said.

The Murgon Rail Trail Festival is on this Sunday, and the marathon will start at 6am.

For more information about the festival or to register, visit the website or call 4168 2922.

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