Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Tracks and Trains


Tracks and Trains

This is a subject that is right up my alley as I’ve been taking pictures of trains almost  since I first picked up a camera. Here in Tasmania it is a bit of a challenge as we have no passenger railways and only a few freight trains. There are a couple of railway museums and tourist railways though. This first picture was taken in 2014. David and I were driving up to Oatlands in the mid north to visit Naomi and as we headed up the main road out of Hobart we were held up by a freight train at a level crossing. We didn’t often get a chance to photograph them so as we knew we’d get to the Derwent river crossing before the train we decided to stop and wait for it. We did so and  then went a little way ahead of it to take a few more before continuing our journey. As it turned out that was the last time we did railway photography together.

Tasmanian Railways diesel engine.
Tasmanian Railways diesel engine.

These next two photographs are not good quality, they are scans of old prints. The first one is a photo that David took. He was working in the old railway yards which no longer exist. The small blue  timber building in the photo to the left of the diesel was his office. He often took pictures of trains and buildings which seemed odd to me at the time. I used to ask him why he took them and he said that one day they might not be around any more. Well, he was right, they are gone now. About ten years later I worked in that yard myself, David was working elsewhere by then. I too photographed the trains and the people in my workplace. My photo was taken when I was on night shift, usually the best time as the big bosses had all gone home. I took this photo of one of the railcars being serviced during my break.

This is another old one. I can tell from the headboard that it was taken in 1988. As part of the celebrations for 200 years of European settlement of Australia this steam engine from New South Wales ran all the way across Australia. Of course we went to see it in Adelaide and were lucky enough to take a trip behind it.

Bicentennial Train 1988.
Bicentennial Train 1988.

As I’m writing this post there is a railway program on television. “Joanna Lumley’s Trans- Siberian”. This reminds me to include a photo of a Russian electric locomotive taken when we made that journey in 1990. This was taken out of the train window.

image Russian Electric loco
This was one of many electric locomotives we saw.

This last one was taken in Queenstown, Tasmania in 2012 at the West Coast Wilderness Railway. David and I had driven there to spend the weekend with our friends Gillian and Bruce who had come from Melbourne.

Train departing Queenstown Tasmania, West Coast Wilderness Railway
Train departing Queenstown Tasmania, West Coast Wilderness Railway

 

As you can see trains have always been a big part of my life. I met David on a steam train trip, he proposed to me on one and trains were also part of our wedding. Needless to say I will never think of trains now without thinking of him as well.

 

Author: Taswegian1957

Born in England in 1957 my 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. David passed away in 2015 and I'm here on my own now but I have Cindy the dog and Polly the cat to keep me company. I currently co-write two Wordpress blogswith my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and a "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania.

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