'150 gifts' initative

During our 150 Anniversary celebrations, we launched our ‘150 gifts’ initiative to say thank you and recognise communities who have contributed to the rail industry since its establishment in 1865.

These 150 pieces, including railway sleepers and other railway items no longer required by Queensland Rail, have been recycled and given a second life with communities throughout the state.

The first of the 150 gifts commenced with the restoration of two heritage steam locomotives and nine wooden carriages, which were shared with more than 14,000 passengers through special steam train experiences throughout Queensland.

150Gifts_AssistASista_400x250.jpgRail history storyboards and commemorative bench seats which replicate a Queensland Government Railways platform seat from the 1920s were also gifted to councils where the rail industry has played an important role in the establishment of their region over the years.

Other gifts included the donation of timber railway sleepers to community groups for garden beds and landscaping, and care packages of unclaimed lost property items to Women’s House which supports families who have experienced domestic violence.

Gift of comfort

Citytrain commuters were also encouraged to get behind the fight against domestic violence with the ‘Gift of Comfort’ initiative and donated many thousands of everyday household items at stations for not-for-profit organisations DV Connect, Assist A Sista and Women’s House.

On 26 August 2015, we donated more than 3000 essential items to Assist a Sista including more than 600 bars of soap, 230 litres of shampoo, 300 toothbrushes, 13 flat screen television, a washing machine, and hundreds of household items like prams, toasters, linen and dinnerware.

More information

If you’d still like to donate please speak with your local station staff or email csr@qr.com.au.