Passengers were the main beneficiaries of a birthday cake to celebrate the 136th anniversary of Dubbo Railway Station on Wednesday.
NSW Trainlink staff including area customer service manager Belinda Roberts cut up a large chocolate cake and distributed pieces to lucky passengers who were in the station that afternoon.
Joseph Gordon from Brewarrina happened to be in Dubbo when the cake was cut and was one of those who got involved in the festivities. He was impressed with the cake.
The Dubbo station opened in 1881 and continues to play a major role in the region’s transport. It is the hub of NSW Trainlink in Western NSW and has a daily XPT service to Sydney.
Buses also take passengers to Bourke, Lightning Ridge and Broken Hill.
More than 3000 passengers a week, and 156,000 annually, utilise the rail service to and from Dubbo.
Rail appreciation and nostalgia is strong at the moment with historic rail tours by the Lachlan Valley Railway running last weekend between Orange to Geurie for the picnic races on Saturday and to Kandos for its hot rod festival on Sunday.
Further tours to Tarana and Condobolin are planned in February and trips to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the railway coming to Orange are on track for Easter. Trips to Dubbo are being planned.