Two of my favourite subjects for this week’s challenge, anything to do with ships and the waterfront and a couple of trains.
As a railfan, many of my memories revolve around endings. Naomi and I started to travel on steam train excursions when we were in our teens in the 1970s. Regular steam train services had finished and it was a time when many country railway lines were being closed and torn up. We went on many “Last Train To…” trips.
We used the Refreshment Rooms at places like Riverton and Bowman’s just one more time, We visited the towns of Moonta, Kadina and Wallaroo during the Kernewek Lowender, the Cornish Festival. We went to Loxton and Renmark and various little places that were little more than a platform and a sign. We had wonderful times. All those lines are closed now.
We also saw the end of various suburban branch lines, the line to Penfield with its loop, the line to the Holden factory, even the factory is gone now. It hit us hard when the passenger service to Bridgewater in the Adelaide hills ended. We used that one a lot and when the line from Glanville to Semaphore closed in 1978 that seemed even worse.
David worked in the old Adelaide rail yard for several years and eventually, we saw the building he worked in demolished to make way for an updated depot where Naomi and I worked a few years later. Now that too has gone, replaced by Adelaide’s new hospital.
My memories of rail in South Australia are both happy and sad.
*Note: Some of the photos I’ve used here are not mine but I needed them to tell the story. The others were taken by David when he worked in the old Adelaide Yard and on some trips. I can’t always remember who took what from those days as we were both photographing the same things although usually from different points of view. Generally speaking, if it has people in the foreground it will probably be mine and if it is in black and white more than likely his. These pictures were all scanned from photos so the quality is not great.
I spotted this old car on a property not far from my house. Naomi says that it is an Austin A40 from around 1951.
Here is a more cheery post than I’ve done recently. Today is the first day of the Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart. It is only on once every two years so I didn’t want to miss it. As I was not sure if the bus would be running from Geeveston I opted to stay an extra day with Matt and Ally and go from their place leaving Matt to doggy sit Cindy.
I got a ride to town with Ally who had to work and arrived around 11:30am. Of course, as it was the first day, not all the boats had arrived and many were making their way into the harbour when I arrived. The tall ships that are usually on display were not due until the afternoon and unfortunately, I was not able to stay to see them.
There were still a lot of very nice ones to see though. Some were quite old but a lot of the ones that I saw were built in the last forty years. I’m sorry but I have a hard time thinking of something from the 1990s as old.
I walked around for a couple of hours taking photos of the ones that I liked best. It was already quite busy although still easy to get a seat in the food area where I stopped to get a baked potato for lunch. At this point, I thought I should check on Cindy and messaged Matt. He said that she had been howling a lot and of course I immediately felt guilty for leaving her and cut my visit short.
I did manage to take more than 50 photos though. Here are some of them.
It’s no secret that I love photographing public transport especially ferries, trams, and trains. I tried to find some that I had not used before, or at least not recently.
The Manly Fast Ferry. This is a private service I think and crosses Sydney Harbour in much less time than the larger ferries.
Still in Sydney a picture I have used before but this time with a yellow filter.
I took this one at Kings Cross Station in Sydney. I am very familiar with this station having stayed in King’s Cross on various visits to Sydney in the past.
I didn’t want to leave the buses out. I took this one outside Bellerive oval just before the end of a cricket match. The buses were lined up to take everyone home after the match.
This bus ran hop on hop off tours around Hobart and tours to the Cadbury Factory a few years ago. I think it is still in service in the summer time but for another company.
Finally, a very old photo, taken in 1987 soon after David and I got our first car. We took a trip north to the Flinders Ranges. We saw this coal train somewhere near Leigh Creek SA so strictly speaking not public transport but this type of diesel was used for passenger trains too.
I do seem to take a lot of photos of types of transport. It is a favourite subject of mine after all.
Many cities have free or cheap bike hire. In Singapore it is free and the bicycles turn up all over the place. Melbourne is a bit more regimented.
I spotted this delivery truck in Singapore, a little bit of Tasmania for sale.
Hop on Hop off tour buses are found in many cities too. This is the Hobart one obviously.
Wheels and legs in this one taken in Melbourne.
Wheels on Rails
I can never visit Melbourne without taking photos of trams and there is another bicycle too.
Trains in Melbourne.
Lots of Wheels
No Wheels (except for steering)
A tourist ferry in Hobart.
Like trams in Melbourne, I can’t resist taking photos of ferries in Sydney.
I am so lucky to live near the beautiful Huon River where most of these photos were taken at different times over the past few years.
This last one was taken in Hobart.