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In Search of the Fruit Train

by Various Artists

This is a documentary for the ears, interspered with music, sounds and aftmosphere of the Cottonvale to Amiens Railway.
Genre: Spoken Word: Radio Drama
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1. Introduction
Roger Ilott
0:39 album only
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2. The Soldier Settlement
Various Artists
1:48 album only
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3. Francis Bull's Petition
Various Artists
0:58 album only
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4. The Bentinck Tramway League
Various Artists
1:09 album only
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5. Construction Is Authorised
Various Artists
0:55 album only
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6. Work Begins - June 1919
Various Artists
1:53 album only
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7. Construction Continues
Various Artists
1:19 album only
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8. Naming the Stations
Various Artists
0:43 album only
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9. The Line Is Completed - June, 1920
Various Artists
1:21 album only
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10. The Official Opening
Various Artists
1:23 album only
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11. The Visit of the Prince / Some Anniversary Thoughts
Various Artists
1:01 album only
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12. Women of the Settlement
Various Artists
1:31 album only
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13. The Whistling Train (feat. Penny Davies & Roger Ilott)
Various Artists
3:32 album only
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14. The Settlement at Amiens
Various Artists
1:57 album only
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15. Growers' Discontent
Various Artists
0:53 album only
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16. The Bapaume Siding
Various Artists
0:39 album only
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17. The Shed at Bullecourt
Various Artists
1:18 album only
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18. The Village of Cottonvale
Various Artists
2:09 album only
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19. The Italian Farmers
Various Artists
0:45 album only
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20. Life at the Amiens Station House
Various Artists
3:15 album only
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21. Pozieres Memories
Various Artists
1:16 album only
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22. No More Passengers
Various Artists
1:53 album only
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23. The Picnic in the Bend / Cabbages
Various Artists
2:24 album only
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24. Rumours of Closure
Various Artists
2:52 album only
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25. Engines on the Line
Various Artists
1:15 album only
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26. Closure of the Line - February, 1974
Various Artists
3:03 album only
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27. Ridin' on the Fruit Train (feat. Penny Davies & Roger Ilott)
Various Artists
2:18 album only
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28. Credits
Various Artists
1:21 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
IN SEARCH OF THE FRUIT TRAIN
The Story of the Amiens Branch Railway Line 1919-1974

In Search of the Fruit Train is a local history on CD. It tells the story of the railway line that ran from the main line at Cottonvale, through the Soldier Settlement, which was created in the Granite Belt, just after WWI, and out to Amiens .

If you check out the old railway signs that stand outside the Stanthorpe Museum, you will see the names of battlefields in France. These signs once graced the sidings along the Amiens Branch Railway line, which was originally created to carry produce from the farms in the Soldier Settlement to join trains on the main line, heading north to the market in Brisbane.

This project was funded with the assistance of a grant from the Regional Arts Development Fund - a Queensland Government and Southern Downs Regional Council partnership to support local arts and culture. Local musician Penny Davies has coordinated the creation of this CD. featuring the history of the rail line. in a format which she hopes will encourage its use in classrooms or as a library resource.
The voices of the people who campaigned for the building of the line, the workers who built it, and growers who lived alongside and used the line are provided by various local people. “We drafted in a few friends to play the roles of characters in the early part of the story,” says Penny. “Anyone who came by to visit recently found themselves with an acting job!”
Some local people still remember the line (it closed in 1974). These contributors have used told their own stories. “Enid Hamilton’s ‘In Touch’ pages from old Border Posts were very useful. Enid also recorded some of her recollections,” Penny said, “Other locals whose personal stories bring the history to life are Gino Zanatta, Alec Harslett, Jeff McMahon and Marlene Muir.”
In Search of the Fruit Train is in the form of a 45 minute radio documentary on CD. is designed to encourage exploration of local history. As Penny says, “This is not intended to be a definitive history – but I hope it will inspire people to look around at them and see the history that surrounds us. There is so much to discover!”

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