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Stopping all stations to Mt Gravatt

Things are moving full steam ahead with TriCare Mt Gravatt Retirement Community’s own model railway project.

Expected to take six months, the building of a model train track came about after resident Dora Wilson donated her late son’s collection to the village.

The donation includes trains, buildings, landscaping items, cars, bikes and people. It also includes some collectable trains that will be displayed separately on a purpose built shelf.

Village Manager, Tammy Watt said they were thrilled to receive such a unique collection for the whole community to enjoy.

“It was very generous of Mrs Wilson to donate her son’s model trains, especially as they were of such significance to her.

“They will be well cared for by the residents here and enjoyed by all,” she said.

The project is co-ordinated by Peter Window along with Rod Byrne, Brian Matthews and retired steam train driver from outback Queensland, Keith Deighton. The gentlemen meet each fortnight on a Thursday afternoon for an hour or so to work on the project.

To date, they have identified and catalogued all railway items and have started painting and constructing the buildings and trains.

TriCare Mt Gravatt’s maintenance operator has begun building a special platform for the train display enabling the model to be easily viewed from all angles.

The team expect to have the track layout completed by the end of the month so they can start putting the buildings and landscaping in place.