BACK TOGETHER: Former workers of the North Ipswich Railway Workshops gather at a reunion.
BACK TOGETHER: Former workers of the North Ipswich Railway Workshops gather at a reunion. Kate Czerny

Rolling back the memories

PAST workers from the paint shop and mill at the North Ipswich Railway Workshops gathered to reminisce and tell tall tales but true at The Workshops Rail Museum yesterday.

The workers got to share morning tea and memories of life at the iconic site at the reunion, one of a series of get-togethers for former workers to be held at the museum throughout this year.

Bill McCrey (left), Daryl Nutley and Ron Nutley enjoy seeing old mates.
Bill McCrey (left), Daryl Nutley and Ron Nutley enjoy seeing old mates.

Museum director Andrew Moritz said workers had a knack for recalling names of co-workers and situations, even if it was more than 40 years ago.

"The workers have lived through fascinating times, with changes in our transport methods to the way we communicate and access information," he said.

RIGHT: Glen Collins (left) and Lyle Barlow at the reunion.
RIGHT: Glen Collins (left) and Lyle Barlow at the reunion.

"As you can imagine this was a very different environment for the workers. They experienced the steam era when it was our super power for developing the state.

"It's entertaining to hear their stories from back in the day, when attitudes, procedures and policies were vastly different."

Past workers can contact The Workshops Rail Museum on (07) 3432 5100 to find out when their workshop is having its reunion.

Ian Geeves (left) and Graham Hodgson remember old times.
Ian Geeves (left) and Graham Hodgson remember old times.


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