Spirit of Outback Arrival

The Village placed a tender to purchase the 1955 Spirit of Outback Club Diner Car from Queensland Rail with approval granted 31 March 2016.

The train carriage provided great excitement at the Village on the day of its arrival.  It was quite amazing to see the precision of the vehicle that transported the carriage from Ipswich, a journey that took more than two hours.

Almost “inch by inch” in made its way reversing in through the “bottom” gate near the AMRSQ buildings, and slowly backed its way into the Village and waited while another heavy lifting machine arrived to “cradle” the carriage off the transport onto the new rails at its new home.

No damage was done to trees or buildings.  A credit to all teams. So the carriage is in place, beside the smaller train track and won’t be going anywhere!

Work on the Spirit of Outback Club Diner Car is still progressing.  Once the modifications are staged and undertaken it will come alive as an innovative feature.

The picture becomes clearer now as we see the ongoing development and completion of surroundings of the 1955 Club Diner Car.

When the roof was fitted to the super structure, stage four became complete.  Behind the scenes, many hours of spray painting eighty roof purlins took place before installation of the roof.

As part of Stage Five the following took place:

  • garden plots were established and new turf laid
  • pathways completed leading up to the deck and platform surrounding the carriage
  • new decks built to connect the station with the signal box
  • glass balustrade constructed
Grants and Funding

This project was supported by Work for the Dole,a Federal Government Program, via TURSA Employment & Training and Moreton Bay Regional and Councillor Adam Hain.

Councillor Adam Hain and Roger Dunstan, President, Caboolture Historical Society



Help and Assistance

We would like to thank Robert L Roser Painting Contractors Pty Ltd, a local Caboolture company, for their help in painting the structural framework and carriage.

Their professional help and generosity in preparing and repainting this display to the high standard required, is making this one of the best new exciting pieces of Queensland Rail history anywhere.

Anyone wishing to help with the project, or donate much-needed funds, please make contact with the Village or the Secretary of the Historical Society.  All donations will be most welcomed.

Restoration

Stage Four – Roof Structure – 6 January 2017

The Arrival