“The Voices of the Valley project enabled Gympie Regional Libraries to capture and make available a significant piece of Mary Valley history, an area that had little written history recorded, and very little oral history preserved.” Find out more here.
The Valley Rattler will resume regular passenger services from next Sunday, though the Rattler itself won't leave the station. The services will be operated by heritage railmotors from the Rattler fleet, and run on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, as well as during the Twilight Markets on the third Saturday. They will initially operate north from the heritage-listed Old Gympie Station, for a 25-minute round trip out towards Bath Tce. For full story click here.
Dr Rae Norris has heard a few stories in her time. But few have fascinated the Gympie historian as much as the ones she's hearing from former workers on the old Mary Valley railway line. Dr Norris is capturing the oral history of the rail link through research, photographs and interviews with a selection of employees who worked the line from the mid to late 20th century. Trains ran between Gympie, Imbil and Brooloo – and stations in between – carrying passengers, produce and supplies until 1994. And while the project has been a trip down memory lane for the interviewees, it's opened up a whole new world for the interviewer. For full story click here.