Dick and Fay Judd and grand-daughter Zoe watch the Southern Spirit wend its way slowly through Kyogle Railway Station yesterday morning on its inaugural journey from Alice Springs to Brisbane.
Dick and Fay Judd and grand-daughter Zoe watch the Southern Spirit wend its way slowly through Kyogle Railway Station yesterday morning on its inaugural journey from Alice Springs to Brisbane. Doug Eaton

Kyogle's 100 years of rail history

TWO days after seeing the latest in train travel Kyogle residents will celebrate 100 years of rail history.

Tomorrow marks the centenary of the Kyogle Railway Station, with a day of activities organised to mark the special birthday.

Yesterday rail enthusiasts were put in the mood when the Southern Spirit rolled past Kyogle as part of its journey between Alice Springs and Brisbane.

Long time Kyogle residents Dick and Fay Judd were at the train station with grand-daughter Zoe to show her the Southern Spirit.

“She was very impressed,” Mr Judd said.

“She got to get up close and have a look the train.”

And while the Southern Spirit was the latest train to pass through Kyogle, it is the station itself which is most impressive.

The station is one of just two in New South Wales still on an operating train line that features a truly Australian architectural style.

With British and American building influences dominant in the periods before and after 1910, Kyogle Council Tourism Officer Malcolm Wallis said the station is Australian.

“The station is authentic to the Australian architecture of the time,” he said.

The station’s original exterior will undoubtedly provide the perfect backdrop for this weekend’s celebrations.

Today will feature a historic display with facts, figures and stories about the station’s 100 years.

But the main event will be held tomorrow with a historical re-enactment of the official party arriving by horse and carriage.

This will be followed by the Kyogle Theatre Society re-enacting the official opening of the station in 1910.

Beyond this weekend Mr Wallis is hopeful the station has much to offer in the next 100 years.

CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS

Saturday

  • Historical display: 9am to 4pm

Sunday

  • Horse and carriage re-enactment: 9.30am
  • XPT arrival
  • Official station opening re-enactment: 10am
  • Trip down memory lane with Scott McGregor


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