Flagmen Brian Davis and Geoff Johanson will man the level crossing at Dagun Station for the final time on November 21, marking the end of an historic tradition.
Flagmen Brian Davis and Geoff Johanson will man the level crossing at Dagun Station for the final time on November 21, marking the end of an historic tradition. Craig Warhurst

Historic moment for Dagun station

THE historical tradition of “flagging the train” at Dagun Station in the Mary Valley, will have its last showing on November 21 when volunteers man the crossing for the final time.

After receiving a “cease and desist” order from police who have earmarked the practice of using flags to halt traffic to allow a steam train over the crossing unsafe, Dagun Community Group has decided to pack the flags and fluoro vests away.

But far from taking a negative approach to the event, organisers want to celebrate that Dagun has remained the only station in Queensland – and perhaps Australia – where the practice has continued long after electric rail became the norm.

In conjunction with their local iron horse, the Valley Rattler, Dagun volunteers are making a day of it.

Dagun Community Group president Len Summers said any train buff, and indeed anyone who recognises that we are losing a lot of our links with the past, will enjoy the chance to farewell the flags.

“We believe it's probably the last time it will happen in Australia, so we are making a family day of it.

“Steam trains were flagged at crossings when they first started running in Australia in 1854 and in Queensland in 1875, so we are talking of more than 150 years of history here,” Mr Summers said.

The final flagging celebration is being held on November 21 to coincide with the monthly historic re-enactment at Imbil, further down the line.

Celebrations will start at 1pm.

The re-enactment, on the third Sunday of each month, brings big crowds to the train, and Mr Summers wants to give them value for money with the flagging celebration.

Gympie Times


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