GOOD DAYS: Former railway trimmers from left, Bruce Wilson, John Campbell and Don Turner.
GOOD DAYS: Former railway trimmers from left, Bruce Wilson, John Campbell and Don Turner. David Nielsen

Ipswich railway trimmers share workshop tales at reunion

AT ITS peak, the Ipswich Railway Workshop was a bustling hive of activity with more than 60 railway trimmers toiling away in a noisy workshop.

Former railway trimmer Lyle Barlow said it was these fond memories which he and former workmates would reminisce about at the upcoming Trimmers Reunion.

"We did all the upholstery work, floor coverings, wall coverings and leatherwork for the carriages," he said.

"It used to be a mad rush. We had a lot of practical jokes as well.

"The bosses said we were all mad."

Mr Barlow began work as a trimmer on March 19, 1956, and worked in Ipswich for 17 years.

"When we had time, we used to make what we called foreign orders so we'd make our own bags and things like that. I was popular with the girlfriend then because I made leather moccasins," he joked.

"It was a great place to work when I was there.

"Those were the days."

The retired trimmer said this year marked the sixth reunion for the group and invited painters, labourers and carriage builders along to the event as well.

"We normally get around 15 people who come and have lunch and talk about old times," he said.

"It'll be a great day."

The Trimmers Reunion will be held at the Queensland Rail Institute-owned Banjo's Cafe on Bell St on Tuesday, November 11, from 11.30am-2pm.

For more, phone Lyle Barlow on 3281 7574.



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