Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Gears and Engines

Gearing Up for a Challenge

I don’t have a lot of pictures of engines close up so I’ve chosen to show pictures of things that work with gears and pulleys although in most cases you can’t see the workings very well. Cable cars work on a system of gears and pulleys, railways in mountainous areas employ a rack and pinion system. The railway turntable works with gears.Racing yachts use winches and pulleys to raise and lower sails. ¬†Sometimes they are powered and sometimes they require some very strong crew members to operate them.

Cable car Wellington NZ
Cable car approaching the upper terminus.

The turntable at the West Coast Wilderness Railway’s Queenstown Station. The trains run on the ABT system on the steep section of the line . Cogs under the locomotive engage with a special rail with teeth.

The turntable at the Queenstown terminus of the West Coast Wilderness Railway
The loco running on the ABT system.


Winches on a race yacht

Here are a couple of other things that work with gears.

Water Wheel at QVMAG , Launceston
Vintage Crane, Hobart waterfront


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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