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Society of Section Car Operators visit Dalby

There was something a little different on the rail tracks this weekend in Dalby, with the Australian Society of Section Car Operators having a weekend adventure. They thrilled many a train lover as they made their way along the tracks in town. Eight restored rail carts and 13 members of the club started off in Dalby Saturday afternoon and made their way down the tracks to Meandarra where they spent the evening before returning to Dalby Sunday afternoon.

The Australian Society of Section Car Operators, is an organisation dedicated to providing access to operating railways for section car owners and enthusiasts. The group has over 60 members Australia wide and plan various trips not only to see the countryside themselves but to keep the history of these wonderful pieces of machinery alive. Treasurer John Summers organises the events with rail permits and accommodation.

“It is great to get out on the tracks and see the country. Most of all we love putting some extra money into the towns we visit,” said John. One of the other members, John Love said, “John puts everything together and we just come along and enjoy ourselves.’ With ages ranging from teens to seniors there is a great camaraderie as they share their love of these historical machines.

Their next trip will take them out Mitchell way in October, their website lists their upcoming travels if you want a chance to see them on the tracks.

Article originally published by WESTERN DOWNS TOWN and COUNTRY – SEPTEMBER 17, 2020.