IT was a celebration 100 years in the making.
The Quorn Railway Station was opened for the first time in 1916, and was a perfect backdrop for Australia Day celebrations and a special birthday on Tuesday.
Locals were treated to toursof the railway workshops and given a rare look at the ins and outs of the industry during the early parts of the 20thcentury.
HISTORY: Quorn’s Long Tom carriage, in use from 1910 to 1944, is one of the station’s prize pieces. PHOTO: Paul Levai
Flinders Ranges Council Mayor Peter Slattery said residents enjoyed a unique Australia Day with the station as an impressive backdrop.
“Therailwaystation has obviously a long time been a very important focal point for the town,” Mr Slattery said.
“Quorn is historically a railway town and as you drive down the street it dominates that side.
“It’s a great old building and (Australia Day)was a great opportunity to celebrate its anniversary.”
The Lions Club of Quorn provided a free breakfast at the stationfrom 7.30, before awards were presented.
Over 100 people then took the opportunity to have a closer look at one of Quorn’smost recognised buildings.
“It went really well, and generally we usually have those events at the pool,” Mr Slattery said.
“But given the significance of the centenary of therailwaystation, we had it there, and were very lucky with the weather.
“In conjunction with that centenary the Pichi Richi Preservation Society made available walk through and free tours of their workshop facilities.
“To have that handed to you like that gives a lot of people a good incentive to get along and have a look.”
CENTENARY: The historic Quorn Railway station was seen in all its glory on its centenary during the week. PHOTO: Paul Levai
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