‘Dilapidated’ train carriages to be removed from trail site
OLD and “dilapidated” train carriages at Linville will either be upgraded or removed as part of a new beautification plan.
Under a new agreement with Somerset Regional Council, a community group will “beautify” the Linville Railway Station Precinct.
The Ambassadors of the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail – Moore Linville Benarkin Blackbutt requested a longer lease over a larger area at the precinct.
The request was granted but some councillors were concerned the carriages would continue to go uncared for.
Councillor Robert Whalley recalled the group had previously applied to have the train carriages at Linville in 2004 with “good intent to renovate them”.
“They have sat there for some time now and they’re in a dilapidated state,” Cr Whalley said.
“I know there’s new energy here to do something, but is there a timeline to do this and remove the carriages that are falling apart?”
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According to Councillor Helen Brieschke, one carriage was covered with a tarp in a bid to preserve the rail history.
In the new agreement, the Department of Transport and Main Roads will assist by moving the carriages beyond repair.
The plan includes the Ambassadors group maintaining the area, which involves mowing and litter collection, along with upkeep of the remaining carriages and station building.
The group also indicated it would like to define the trail area by planting trees along the trail proper to provide safety for users and campers.