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The Mary Valley Heritage Railway has been boosted with a donation of timber sleepers from Queensland Rail.
The Rattler service needs major upgrades, before the rail safety regulator will allow it to resume operations.
General manager Jim Walker says the 240 sleepers will be a big help.
"Queensland Rail are donating those to us," he said.
"They're actually providing them [from] Winton and they're sleepers that have only been under track there for a couple of years, so we understand they're in very good condition and they'd be ideal for us for our work here in Gympie."
Mr Walker says it is hoped 2.5 kilometres of track can be repaired initially.
"Our initial strategy is to just get back with short runs," he said.
"That'll probably be just running north from Gympie towards Queensland Rail's main line but stopping a bit short of it but that'll get some wheels turning and things happening."
The Mary Valley Heritage Railway says it hopes to resume a shorter service by February or March next year.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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