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    It's that time of year again, Christmas is coming and what's Christmas without a Lions cake or pudding?

    Cakes now available at the Bracken Ridge Post Office, Bald Hills Post Office, Lions Train Day November 22nd and December 13th or by calling Neil O'Sullivan on 0409 234 325.

    Cost of cakes are $17 for 1.5kg or $13 for 1kg. Puddings $13

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    Love of miniature steam trains leads to OAM

    A SELF-PROCLAIMED 'train nut' who builds and drives miniature steam trains has received a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours List.

    Neil Mackenzie of Bracken Ridge is a regular at Bracken Ridge Central Lions Club's monthly miniature steam train days in McPherson Park and the club's Mackenzie Line is named in his honour.

    The 90-year-old retired mechanical draftsman has had a lifelong interest in steam engines and said he was overwhelmed to receive an OAM for service to the community through scale model steam train displays.

    "It's a wonderful feeling,” he said.

    "I don't think my feet have touched the ground since I found out.”

    Mr Mackenzie was one of the founders of the Lions Club's railway line, which is 800 metres of five inch gauge track encompassing straights, curves, rises, junctions and sidings.

    He said he was approached by Lions Club member Phil Blank in 1991.

    "He said to me 'if we put a track down can you put your trains on it to pull passengers' and I said yes.”

    More than 5000 voluntary hours went into the track's construction. The interim track was completed in December 1995 and the Mackenzie Line was officially opened on March 24, 1996.

    Mr Mackenzie is serious about his steam train safety and ensures every train has a current boiler certificate before it can run on the track.

    He said he became interested in model trains in 1950 when he was about 24 and moved onto miniature steam trains in 1976.

    As well as being an honorary member of Bracken Ridge Central Lions Club since 1997, he is also a member of the Australian Association of Live Steamers and the Queensland Society of Model and Experimental Engineers.


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    New blue engine adds extra puff to train days

    A BIG blue train engine has made its way to the miniature steam train railway in Bracken Ridge.

    The Little Blue Engine, made by members of Sandgate and Districts Men's Shed, will become a regular feature at Bracken Ridge Central Lions Club's monthly steam train days in McPherson Park.

    Lions Club member Rod Chiapello said the engine would act as a 'photo booth' for children and families attending the train days.

    "When we have our train days there are usually long lines of people who want to get their photo taken on a train, as well as have a ride,” he said.

    "We decided we needed to build a big train and decided there was only one group in the community we could ask.”

    Mr Chiapello approached Sandgate Men's Shed president Les Batson, who took the idea to member Gerry Loth and asked if he could build it.

    "He said yes. A lot of work was done in the shed, but Gerry took some bits home to do,” Mr Batson said.

    Bracken Ridge Central Lions Club member Rod Chiapello tries out the Little Blue Engine which was delivered by Sandgate Men's Shed members (from left) Kevin Fenwick, Gerry Loth, Brian Cronin and Terry Yates.

  • Membership News

    Bracken Ridge Central Lions Club is an active group. That raises much needed funds for the community.
    Why not consider finding out more about us, please phone Val Klauke on 0422 624 740.

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    Trains run on the 4th Sunday of each month. Trains run 9.00 am - 12.00 pm in McPherson Park, Denham Street, Bracken Ridge at a cost of $2 a ride. Bring along a picnic lunch, bring the family and make it a great family day out.


    Haven''t got time to join a club but would still like to do something for your local community

    Become an ''Occassional Volunteer''.

    We are establishing a list of tradespersons, home cooks, keen gardeners, etc. that we would only call upon when a community based task requires more assistance than our club can offer.

    Here is your chance to do something when needed without committing yourself to our club.

    Just email your details and ''abilities'' to us and we will include you on our list of Volunteers.

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    Looking for something different for your childs birthday party Why not have it at our Minature Steam Railway. For more details email

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    ALL of the profits from out Train Days are given back into the community. This financial year has seen a lot of money donated to a variety of causes including: Premier''s Flood Relief Fund, Lions Club Foundation; Childhood Cancer Institute; Scouts Australia; Qld Police Sandgate Bike Squad; Sandbag Sandgate and local School Bursaries and School Chaplaincy programs.

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