July 5, 2010 at 11:27 am #252609
All weekend I have had the lovely sound of a steam train puffing up and down the track. What a delight to here its whistle. Hubby was so enthusiastic he raced to the bridge to take a few (hundred) photos only to find a paparazzi already there.!
It was giving day tours from Coramba to Raleigh having spent the previous week at Grafton doing tours there.:DJuly 5, 2010 at 12:17 pm #470661
awww i love steamies too 🙂 what a nice surpriseJuly 5, 2010 at 12:23 pm #470662
oh isn’t it beautiful!! My only dream that I have had for my whole life is to be a steam train fireman.July 5, 2010 at 12:27 pm #470663
How cool! I thought you were being all metaphoric and that it was really stormy or something! 😆July 6, 2010 at 1:29 am #470664
Looks like the Cockle train at Victor Harbour SA i
ts magic to see them
Love old trians
We had the Flying Scots man here a few years ago what a siteJuly 6, 2010 at 6:23 am #470665
Well the world does go ’round Kasalia
I would love to have a dollar for every shove full of coal I hurled into the firebox of that particular engine No.3237. My first ever job was as a fireman on the then NSW Govt.Railways way back in the 1960’s when steam was still a part of the state rail network.
Good to see the old girl is still active, she’es a fair way from her permanent home at the Rail Museum at Thirlmere south west of Sydney.
Gypsyoak you can realise your steam engine fireman’s dream on certain private rail networks, you get to swing “the banjo”(shovel) for the day but you pay big dollars for the privelege. And after a day on the footplate you won’t be lining up for a repeat performance anytime soon, it’s sheer hard yakka mate.July 6, 2010 at 7:32 am #470666
I know it is…..:lol: But thats why I always wanted to be a fireman instead of a driver! I wanted to keep fit at the same time!
I used to go up to Pichi Richi and help my Uncle who was a fireman up there and I tried to volunteer with steamranger since I was a kid but they always told me I was too young. I am wanting to renew my membership with them again and do volunteer work but a recent “chat” with an ex railway bloke left me considerably disheartened. He basically said, I would never get in because its a mens club and I won’t have time to do it because I have young kids and I should just look after them. In the future when I have more time, I won’t be able to do it because they won’t be running any more steam because they won’t be able to afford it. At first I was furious at his blatant sexism…….then I just felt he was right. The loco crew is a mens club. Always has been. Damn this though!! :p Its my one dream and I am sticking to it!! I started doing my safe working theory and I will finish it!:@
😆 ahhhhh that feels better….July 6, 2010 at 11:21 pm #470667
Wow nothing like letting off steam 😆 😆 😆
“The safe working catechism” was always a good excuse for an argument when engine crews got together at the pub.
I respect your views about the footplate being a bit of a men’s club, but in general railway workers were always a bit unique last century.July 7, 2010 at 3:16 am #470668
That happens quite a few times a week here 🙂 I’m about a 200m from the track The Mary Valley Rattler travels. June long weekend was ‘Race the Rattler’ and for the first time in quite a few years, the old girl won by several minutes. It’s very exciting when the lead runner looks like they’re going to win, particularly as they still have stairs to run up and down after running 18k!
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