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.


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 blogs 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.


    • 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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