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A SIGNIFICANT milestone was reached for one of Dalby's most historically important pieces of infrastructure.
Celebrations were held on Sunday April 22 marking 150 years of the Dalby railway station. A barbecue, petting zoo and jumping castle were just some of the attractions available as hundreds of residents flocked to enjoy the day.
Displays highlighted the significance of the railway in the formative years of the town, while small carts offered rides to patrons on the track.
Queensland Rail historian, Greg Hallam, said the Dalby station was an integral part of the development of the region.
"The railway station was built primarily for the wool trade,” he said.
"Wool was like gold, it was a valuable commodity.
"People from all over western Queensland would come to send their wool on the train to Ipswich, to be taken halfway around the world to England.”
Dalby man, Jason Vella, said the celebration was fitting for the historic site.
"The major significance of the railway station is When (the station) was built, Dalby had 700 people, and by the end it had boomed to 4000,” he said.
This article first appeared on www.dalbyherald.com.au
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