When we realized that the anniversary was this year we decided that we really must do something major to recognize the occasion.
We decided that it was really too big of a project for our small rail heritage group and that we needed to make this a community event which would also share the load.
Among the plans decided upon was that we would start a mural project down in the main street/
A few local people were approached and they agreed to produce a few small pieces that would later be added to.
The owner of a building in the main street was also happy to have the murals on the building.
We then began in ernest to move all the memorabilia from our rail Barracks storage area up to the showground pavilion. We had decided on the showground with the blessing of the show society as it has a huge undercover area in case of inclement weather, brilliant catering areas and in general a great function area. While were sorting things at the barracks, I took this panorama of a train in section of the barracks.
Brian and his mate Dennis moved the heavy vehicles,
Finally the day arrived and we were all up with the sparrows to get into town to get our selves organized.
There were many displays,
There were the official speeches and presentations by the boss of our local railway to the rail heritage group,our President Norm and his wife Pat, both founding members of our group were on hand to receive the presentation.
Paterson Rail Motor Group from near Maitland in NSW came with their wonderful rail motor which holds about 96 people.
It was the highlight of the day, and worth every penny.
We didn't think we would get a ride as we were tied up at the showground ,when we received a message telling us there were 8 seats left and that they were ours.
My Mum had also came over for the weekend and we made her come too(walker and all)
We had a ball !!!
At Merrygoen the train rested for about 10 minutes before the return journey. I saw these beautiful old water towers out the window, these were used in the old steam train days, but this pair have the honor of still supplying water to this small village.
What an amazing day it was, we were completely astounded by the sheer numbers of people that travelled back to their little home town to celebrate with us, most were family of ex rail workers in our town( Binnaway used to be a major railway hub in it's hey day.
We headed home and a few of us gathered at our place for an impromptu BBQ, Mum surprised me by being in on it all, she told me later that night that she had a wonderful weekend, "and wouldn't have missed it for the world", I am so glad.
I cannot express my gratitude to all the many,many people who donated time, money, expertise, memorabilia, muscles, we are forever in your debt, Thank you, Thank you,Thank you.
for making the 100 years of Rail a most memorable occasion.
On a very happy note and nothing to do with rail, we were very fortunate to discover this morning that one of our beautiful dorper ewes had given birth to two sweet bundles of joy, all is good in our world.
please take care of you and yours,
Jane and Brian.