Learning the skills of yesteryear
DARYL Nutley could think of no better way to spend a wind-swept Ipswich day than with his young grandchildren showing them what he does for a crust.
Mr Nutley has worked for Queensland Rail for the best part of four decades - the past six years as a carriage builder.
He spent the day showing them how to build a timber carriage at The Workshops Rail Museum as part of their school holiday program.
"I work mainly these days on the maintenance of the timber carriages," he said.
"The change I have seen in my line of work over the past 39 years has been phenomenal.
"It has moved from timber carriages to steel carriages, from stem engines to diesel engines.
"It was great to get my grandchildren here to show them what I do for a living."
The Workshops Rail Museum hands-on activities allows kid to associate themselves with things such as welding, plumbing and tin smithing.
Queensland Museum Network CEO professor Suzanne Miller said the event played on the history of the Ipswich Railway Workshops.
She said it was a workplace that had been operating since 1865 and had employed more than 10,000 skilled people.
"The Workshops is the birthplace of rail in Queensland and has contributed vastly to the development of the state," she said.
"More than 200 steam locomotives and more than 11,000 carriages and wagons have been built there, as well as providing support to the rail network and community."
For more information visit theworkshops. qm.qld.gov.au.