Lifetime in railways runs off tracks at farewell
AFTER a combined 532 years of service on Queensland railways, 14 men have bid a bittersweet farewell to their colleagues at the Maryborough West freight depot.
The men signed off on their last shift yesterday after taking volunteer redundancies offered by Aurizon, formerly known as QR National, to reduce running costs.
The depot was saved from closure earlier this year and will now be left with 24 positions.
Most of the 14 departing men have chosen to retire, while five have chosen to take up fly-in, fly-out work driving trains for mining companies in Western Australia.
Each of them were yesterday presented with a Certificate of Service, a gold watch engraved with their years of service and a list of their history at the company.
One of the longest serving employees was just shy of 47 years, which first began in Maryborough as a lad porter in 1966.
Charlie Bougoure had 26 transfers before he came back to Maryborough as a tutor driver in 2001.