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Turns out you are not allowed to move white goods onto a train in Queensland, even if it is outside of peak hour.
But as Queensland Rail security video reveals, two would-be rail removalists in Brisbane had a crack a couple of months ago.
The footage shows a man encountering some difficulty as he wheels a fridge, mounted on a hand trolley, from a rail overpass into an elevator.
He then manoeuvrers it onto the Bowen Hills platform and into a waiting train.
Security guards then direct him, and the fridge, back off the train where he is given a ticket for bringing an oversized item onto a train.
The man and his fridge are then escorted back towards the station entrance.
The man was fined $252 for the fridge, and more for fare evasion.
Coincidentally ABC state political reporter Chris O'Brien happened to be there at the time, tweeting, "yes that's right, fridge on a train."
"I was fascinated by the sight of a gentleman wheeling a fridge on to the platform, and the puzzled reaction by station staff," he said.
"I could tell that staff weren't quite sure how to react, which is understandable.
"But my main impression was that here was a bloke, who was maybe doing it tough, who needed to get a fridge home and didn't have any other way to do it."
Couches, lawnmowers, front door also attemptedIn a second video a man takes a couch off a train at Bowen Hills.
He leaves it on the platform for a while, then moves it down the platform and into a lift before finding a shopping trolley to take it the rest of the way.
Queensland Rail's Justine Scarff said people were not allowed to take things onto trains that could not fit on luggage racks or under seats.
"We obviously need to be mindful of other people travelling; trains are for people, they aren't for fridges and couches unfortunately," she said.
"I hope he decided to book a removalist as we would encourage people to do, or call up one of his mates with a ute."
Ms Scarff said it was not the weirdest thing people had taken on trains.
She said someone had taken a lawnmower onto a train, while QR's lost-and-found had come into possession of some obscure objects.
"We've even had a glass eye left behind, and a front door, there are some weird and wacky things that happen across the network."
Bikes are allowed on Queensland trains except for when the commuter is travelling towards the CBD during morning peak times, or away from the city during afternoon peak times.
[color=#000000][font=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][size=1]PHOTO:[/size][/font][/color] Queensland Rail says only things that can fit on luggage racks or under seats can be taken onto trains. (Supplied: Queensland Rail)
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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