THERE will be a few double takes in the tiny south-west Queensland town of Thallon after its former railway station became its new sporting clubhouse last week.
With the disused building gathering dust from passing freight trains, it was uprooted and relocated 300 metres up the road to start a new life as a community hub, thanks to Variety Queensland and Bundaberg House Relocators.
Flooding and chaotic summer weather across Queensland threw the original plans to relocate the building in January into disarray, but BHR supervisor Dallas Reeves said his team was happy to finally be on site in Thallon.
"We left Bundaberg and went to Rockhampton to avoid the flood, then we went home and it took us another two days to be able to hit the road," he laughed.
"It's great to actually be here after everything that's happened."
The BHR team went above and beyond during the relocation, putting in 10 and 11-hour days for a job Mr Reeves said involved "about 50 man hours".
While travelling almost 800 kilometres to lend a hand in an unfamiliar community may strike some as strange, Mr Reeves said the company jumped at the chance to give Variety Queensland a hand.
"There are two reasons mainly why we've come out here to help," he said.
"Small communities need to have as much as possible for the kids to do and if this helps just one youth, it's done the job."
Variety Queensland motoring events director Rob Goodwin was in Thallon to witness the relocation as part of the organisation's Circle the South Variety GreenRV Adventure and said he believed the community would embrace its new clubhouse.