Escape to the GMR shed
FOLLOWING the huge success of the Glenreagh Mountain Railway, Coffs Harbour residents will have the opportunity to lend a hand to this historic project ? all without having to leave the city centre.
A restoration facility has been created at the Coffs Harbour Showground to attract people interested in contributing to the project but who can't get out to Glenreagh.
GMR works manager, Mr Bob Farquhar, said while much had been achieved in the restoration process, there was plenty of more work ahead.
"By having this shed in Coffs Harbour, people who have a couple of hours to spare will be able to help without having to travel out to Glenreagh," Mr Farquhar said.
The GMR 'shed' was officially opened this week, and as the tune of Old Smokey drifted from his accordion, the words of his song summed up perfectly why everyone was there:
'. . . But work to completion
Is a mighty big load
They now built a Chook Shed
And 'more work' is the mode
So come ye good fellows
And don't be too shy
Let's all work together
Give our project a try.
The track is a beauty
The steam train not fast
We made a beginning
A tourist high point atlast.'
More than 10,000 visitors have been welcomed aboard 'Old Betty' on the GMR's weekend steaming days.
These include visitors from as far away as the United States of America who have enjoyed rides on the veteran steam train '1919'.
Over the past six months the GMR voluntary track rebuilding crews have doubled the length of line on which they have been operating their steaming days.
Anyone interested in lending a hand and taking advantage of the Coffs Harbour GMR shed, or for further information contact Bob Farquhar phone 6655 4635.