Railway working bee replaces old sleepers

Volunteers from the Monaro, Canberra and Sydney helped out in a working bee last weekend to replace old sleepers on the historic Cooma Monaro railway line.

About 15 locals and people from Canberra and Sydney got together for a working bee replacing more than 60 sleepers at the historic Cooma Monaro Railway Station last weekend.

After a site induction at the station the crew of volunteers worked with track machinery under the supervision of Alan Ward of Canberra, and the track management of Peter Lawrence of Balmoral in the Southern Highlands, to replace the old railway sleepers.

Cooma Monaro Railway (CMR) secretary John Wynes, was the chief lookout.

CMR president James Sullivan said it was very pleasing to see part of Cooma and its heritage being cared for.

"The railway and the Cooma station and the yards are a big tourist attraction in the area as well as being an educational tool for regional schools," Mr Sullivan said.

"CMR will have another working bee on the weekend of September 8 and 9, to put another 40 sleepers in. "

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