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.
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.
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.
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.
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.