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The couple live at Peaceful Bay, Western Australia, and returned to the platform on Wednesday for a sentimental visit.
In 1972, Mr Eddington, then just returned from the Vietnam War, was standing waiting to board the Trans-Australia train to Western Australia when he heard a voice.
“Katie said, I believe your name is Bob. I am Katie. That is how it began,” he said.
“I was certainly not in uniform. I was flamboyantly dressed. I had enough of the green army uniform by then.
“Katie, who was a 10-pound Pom, was travelling to Perth on the train, too, and there was a party atmosphere on the way over.
“The people in the group drank the train dry between here and Kalgoorlie. There were a couple of blokes with guitars. They might have ended up famous. It was a big party. Katie and I were both travelling alone.
“We got to know each other. Everyone got to know each other. There were Canadians, Fijians, Kiwis, Germans and mostly Australians.
“I went back to the family farm at Williams in WA and she pursued me. We kept in touch by phone.
“She invited me to a party at Subiaco and I turned up wearing jeans and a nice shirt with a carton of beer over my shoulder.
“All the other people were dressed in tuxedos and ball gowns. But I soon fitted in when we had a few drinks. From that time we were together.”
The couple married on October 26, 1973, and now have three sons and four grandchildren.
They called into the former railway station, now the tourism and arts centre, on their way back from Melbourne where they visited a grandson.
“We thought we would see whether the platform was still there and it was,” Mr Eddington said.
“It is a wonderful facility now. The library is pretty speccy.”
Their visit coincides with South Australia’s month-long History Festival.
This article first appeared on www.portpirierecorder.com.au
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