Rattler returns to rest in Killarney

KILLARNEY Heritage Centre is preparing for the return of The Rattler, after a six-week search to track the historic piece down.

The Rattler is a diesel railmotor that ran between Killarney and Warwick, via Yangan and Freestone, carrying passengers and students through the countryside.

President of the Killarney and District Historical Society Tony Pearson said the find was made possible thanks to the assistance of volunteer Sue Lloyd and a friend who works with Queensland Rail.

"Sue contacted a friend who located the railmotor at Sunshine Coast," Mr Pearson said.

"Queensland Rail have generously donated the railmotor to us, we just need to organise the transportation."

Mr Pearson said the society would need truck transportation and a 40t crane each end of the journey to lift the railmotor on and off the truck.

"We will have to lay some line for it to sit on in the driveway behind the new picket fence," Mr Pearson said. "When I heard it had been found my knees went weak. I couldn't believe it."

Mr Pearson said The Rattler had been in a shed since it was decommissioned.

"It's incredible. It should be pretty well in the condition it was when it was decommissioned," he said.

"We will be planning a celebration that it has finally come home, and try to replicate one of the old photos if possible."

Mr Pearson said the society hoped The Rattler would make its way home by the middle of this year.



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