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A community group dedicated to preserving north Queensland's rail history has welcomed Townsville City Council buying the old rail yards.
The council yesterday approved a decision to buy the site from the State Government for $20,000.
It has also purchased the old TAFE campus on the corner of Stanley and Walker streets for more than $5.5 million.
The council is calling for expressions of interest for the redevelopment of the rail yards.
The Queensland Heritage Rail Volunteers had used one of the sheds to display artefacts before the organisation was relocated to a maintenance yard in Stuart.
Volunteer Jack Hutton says the Stuart location is not ideal and hopes the old rail yard site can be used by the wider community.
"We had talked to other people about making it a home for a whole number of organisations like model car clubs or the motorbike club," he said.
"There could be annual events there and we could see it as an ideal area for setting up a museum for all these different organisations."
Mr Hutton says the group will approach the council to set up a permanent display of rail memorabilia.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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