Tim Fischer has been remembered as a patriotic servant of Australia at a stirring state funeral in the regional NSW city of Albury.
The former Nationals leader and train enthusiast made his final rail journey on Thursday, travelling from The Rock near his hometown of Boree Creek to the service to farewell him.
After the fitting one-hour trip, mourners packed the Albury Entertainment Centre to celebrate his 73 years.
He died last week from acute leukaemia after a decade fighting cancer.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison, family, colleagues and friends were among those who paid tribute to the former deputy prime minister.
"The son of a grateful nation, Tim Fischer was one-of-a-kind," Mr Morrison said.
"And the boy from Boree Creek has left us too soon."
Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese, former Labor prime minister Kevin Rudd and ex-ALP minister Barry Jones represented the other side of politics.
Current Nationals leader Michael McCormack and predecessors Barnaby Joyce, Warren Truss, Mark Vaile and John Anderson were also among hundreds of guests at the service.
Mr Anderson, who served as deputy Nationals leader to Mr Fischer before taking over in 1999, revealed he undertook trials for the condition he was suffering despite knowing they wouldn't save him.
But armed with the knowledge it could one day help someone else, Mr Fischer endured the painful treatment.
"It's the mark of the man," Mr Anderson said.
Friends Bill Baxter and Sandy Venn-Brown gave the main eulogy, speaking of his love for the land, politics, trains, Australia but most of all his wife and two sons.
After Father Tony Percy gave the final blessing, Mr Fischer's brother Tony made a final word of thanks mentioning the staff who cared for him in his final days, the funeral organisers and the prime minister.
Of course, he didn't leave out his late sibling.
"Thank you, Tim, for enriching all our lives."
Australian Associated Press