Bringing the spirit of rail back to Cunnamulla

There was a time .. when the train was king.

For people living in the Queensland bush, Queensland Rail was the QANTAS of the day.

The train was pretty much your only way to travel from the state's most far flung corners, to the big smoke.

What's more? It was an enjoyable way to travel. Sitting in a comfortable carriage watching the scenery glide past your eyes was as good a way to start your holiday or business trip as any other.

When these services started to be paired back, it left a huge vacuem in the towns that were suddenly no longer serviced by rail.

But in the outback Queensland town of Cunnamulla, the local progress association is fighting back with plans to use its unique and historic train station as the back drop for a spectacular sound and light show telling the stories from the building's colourful history and the days when the railway was a vital artery carrying life to Cunnamulla and beyond.

The ABC's David Iliffe spoke with Karen Ticehurst from the Paroo Progress Association about the vision and the current fundraising efforts to turn that vision into reality.

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