I found some very old photos recently while sorting out some of my old stuff. I am a real hoarder and my place looks nearly as bad as the ones on those terrible reality TV shows. The thing is I love to collect old stuff and I hate wastage and throwing away things that are vintage in particular. I love old stuff and when I found I still had these old photos taken years ago I was amazed and thrilled. I had taken the diesel photos in 1976 while showing a friend around SA from WA. He asked me to take the photos with his spare camera so he would have more pictures. I told him I had no idea how to use such a complex camera. I only had a Kodak Instamatic. He said you can’t be that bad and thrust the camera into my reluctant hands. I took these B&W shots of two different diesel hauled trains. One was a passenger train going to Victor Harbour a branch line off the main line to Melbourne. The other one a freight was probably on the main line. It’s years ago now and I never recorded the information. The other pictures of the railway workshops are in Launceston and were only taken a few years ago. The workshops are now a museum and I was lucky enough to mostly have the place to myself when I took the photos that I had to change to black and white.
Of course I have lots of pictures of trains, hundreds in fact, but most of them were taken when we used film cameras, some are even on slide film. I’ll try to find some on the computer that I haven’t shared before or at least not too often. I have again used Adobe Photo Elements 2018 to edit these and played with some different effects.
This is a rerun. I have used it at least once before but I like it. It was taken in the Adelaide Railcar Depot where we used to work. It is a 300 Class diesel railcar probably built in the late 1950s. They had no air conditioning and in summer got very hot, especially when they had been sitting in the yard for hours. They were like ovens and we had to clean them.
Another picture I’ve probably used before but with a different effect. Museum Station in Sydney. Museum is one of our favourites because of its old-time decor so it perfectly suits the vintage look and I even added some scratches.
Tracks can also be for trams. Here is one at the Tram Museum at Loftus outside Sydney.
A V Line locomotive at Southern Cross Station in Melbourne 2014. I shot this through a glass window and was unable to get rid of the reflections but if you look closely you can see a tram reflected in the middle of the picture.
Then of course there are model railways. This one was at a show in Sunbury, Victoria 2014.
This last one is very old, taken on a trip to Alice Springs in the 1980s, one of the few I have of this class of locomotive. At the time this was taken you had to go to Port Pirie or Port Augusta, South Australia to see one as they were on standard gauge and the main line to Adelaide was still broad gauge so seeing the standard gauge diesels was exciting.
I’ve been busy with doll posts today so here is a picture taken on holidays. We saw so much shipping in the Straits of Malacca but these small boats were some of the most interesting . I don’t know if they are actually for fishing but they would certainly be too small for anything more than local freight.
I’ve seen this old fairground ride going to rack and ruin for many years. It’s covered in rust and some sort of vine. The vine was really overtaking it but going back a year or two someone trimmed it down but did not remove it completely. I guess the owner is just going to leave it in the yard. They used to run other attractions but not sure if they still do. I thought I would get a couple of photos of this old ride in case it is removed. I remember as a youngster really enjoying the Super Slide ride at the Royal Adelaide Show many years ago now. You would go down really fast on a sack over several humps until reaching the bottom. I always seemed to become airborne on my way down coming down with several hard thumps until I reached the ground. It was not an expensive ride so I went on it several times while at the show.
While out today I spotted this sail boat that I rather liked so snapped a quick shot of it. At first I thought it had been left high and dry but it was in the water. It was surrounded by reeds and grass which gave the impression it was on dry land. It made for a good photo anyway.
Two grand old ladies, MV Cartela built in 1912 and Preana built in 1896. Cartela is currently undergoing restoration to be returned to steam power and Preana is restored and available for charter trips.
The West Coast Wilderness Railway runs between Queenstown and Strahan. Its three locomotives are the original ones used by the Mt Lyell Railway Company to service the mines. All were built inbetween 1896-98