RDP: Stationary

Yes, the engine is stationary.

Tasmanian steam locomotive C22 at the Tasmanian Transport Museum.
Tasmanian steam locomotive C22 at the Tasmanian Transport Museum.

People are often confused by the spelling of “Stationary” or” Stationery”. It’s one of those ones that spell checker can’t help you with because they are both correct but with different meanings.

When I think of the word stationary I remember our days travelling around South Australia and parts of Victoria on steam trains. In those days when OH&S was not such a big deal and public liability insurance was cheaper, we were able to wander around the station yard while the locomotive was being coaled and watered. People would take photos of themselves or their kids standing in front of it.

Locomotive on the West Coast Wilderness Railway
NSW 3801 hauling the Bicentennial Train in 1988.
NSWGR 3801 hauling the Bicentennial Train in 1988.

Of course it is a lot easier to take photographs of stationary exhibits in a museum but for me a steam locomotive is like a living, breathing thing so I much prefer to photograph them in steam.



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.


    • I loved our steam train riding days, before all the country rail lines were closed there were excursions every couple of weeks in the winter months and they were for real rail fans. We had photo stops, listening stops and it was very social. Now I really only see steam trains on tourist railways but I still love them.


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