FLYING HIGH: Adrian Hurley’s DH locomotive is off to have new adventures, based at Warwick.
FLYING HIGH: Adrian Hurley’s DH locomotive is off to have new adventures, based at Warwick.

Jolly green giant says goodbye to Gympie and hello Warwick

THERE was a time when locomotives like Adrian Hurley's 40-tonne diesel would have done the "heavy lifting" of Australia's transport industry.

But yesterday, the DH series loco took things easy as it said farewell to Old Gympie Railway Station and the Mary Valley Rattler.

"It's been here about four or five years or so I guess," Mr Hurley said.

"It was used as a support loco for the steams, doing maintenance work and some night trips. It's handy sometimes to have something you can just start up and run.

"But they perish if they're not used all the time and it's not doing any work here at the moment," he said.

Now, courtesy of the at-cost efforts of Wide Bay Crane Hire and MJS Transport, the DH class engine will take up new duties, based in Warwick, for the Southern Downs Steam Railway.

"I'm just here to make sure they don't damage my toy," Mr Hurley said, explaining that trains are a family affair. "My wife was a railway girl. That's how we met," he said..

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