Weekly Photo Challenge – Gone But Not Forgotten

The Redhen and the Railcar Depot

Redhen Railcar being serviced at the Adelaide Railcar Depot
Redhen Railcar being serviced at the Adelaide Railcar Depot


My entry for this challenge is a picture of a 400 class railcar taken at the Adelaide Railcar depot while I was working there in the late 1980s and early to mid 90s.

The “Redhens” as they were known were used on the Adelaide metropolitan rail system for many years starting in the mid 50s. 434, pictured here, was one of the last to be built and went into traffic around 1970. When I began working at the Railcar Depot in 1987 the oldest Redhens were just starting to be phased out. The last ones were withdrawn in the early 90s so I took this knowing that I would not have many more chances to do so.

The Depot itself was relocated to Dry Creek after I left the railways and the sheds were demolished to make way for the new Adelaide hospital. The last time I visited Adelaide the site of my old workplace was just a big hole in the ground. It made me sad because I had twelve years working there and except for the last couple of years they were happy times.


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

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