I’m not sure if I have ever told the story of how David and I met on this blog before so here goes.
It was 1975, three days before my 18th birthday. Naomi and I had gone on a steam train trip for the day. We were visiting the Kernewek Lowender, a Cornish themed festival held in the towns of Moonta, Wallaroo and Kadina. We travelled on steam train excursions every couple of weeks during the autumn winter and spring in those days.
On this particular trip our locomotive suffered a mechanical failure and most of the passengers, who were nearly all railfans like us, were anxious to find out what was going on. Would the engine be repaired in time for the trip home or would we, shock, horror, have to be hauled home by a diesel?
It was during our stay in Kadina when everyone was discussing the situation with their fellow passengers that I met David. We just fell into conversation, nothing dramatic but after that trip we saw each other on several more trips and always spent some time together talking. After a couple of months, David asked me if he could take me on the next one. So that was our first date, sort of. Our first proper date came a little later when he asked me out to dinner. We were both very young, he turned twenty that winter but by summer we were dating regularly.
We met at weekends and most of our outings were rail themed. Sometimes we’d meet at Adelaide Station on a Saturday morning and we’d jump on a train for a day out. Sometimes just up to the National Park at Belair or to Gawler, the longest suburban train ride or to Hallett Cove where we eventually bought a house. If we met early enough we could catch one of the few remaining country services to Victor Harbour, Peterborough or Port Pirie. Not the most romantic sort of dates I suppose but it was what we liked doing. Neither of us drove but we travelled on a heck of a lot of trains.
After a year of this we were engaged, he proposed to me on a train of course. We were married the following year, at the Adelaide Railway Station and had our reception in a dining car attached to the last steam train trip of the year.
When David died in October 2015 we were just over a week shy of our 38th wedding anniversary.