Steam Trains & Winter Magic


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September 3rd 2016
Published: September 3rd 2016
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Steam Trains & Winter Magic. It's probably a boy's thing...the whiff of coal fed smoke...the sharp toot toot...the rattle of rails. Electric trains are so so...but steam trains...the mesmerising choo choo...hard to resist. Nearly lost my legs the first time so I'm now pretty careful. I was about 12...the last race for the steam trains from Sydney to Newcastle...so the whole school class wen... Read Full Entry



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3rd September 2016

Nostalgia creeps in!
Right on, Dave. The old chu chu...especially I love when the engine makes a rhythmic sound when running at full speed....like a melody in my ear. My romance with the trains is my favourite pass time - I wrote that in my first blog 'A paradise name Sapa - Vietnam". I remember, once I hitch-hiked a goods train in India long time ago, spent the whole night in an open wagon, watching the dense forest go by in a moonlit night....they all scroll like a slide show in front of my eyes. Your story makes me walk down the memory lane, Dave. You are very fortunate to save you leg, though!
4th September 2016

Nostalgia creeps in!
There is something about the choo choo indeed Tab. I can relate to the mesmerising melody too. I can only imagine the thrill of the open goods train in India for you ...sounds like one of life's unforgettable journeys.
3rd September 2016

Steam Trains
Well clearly yo haven't changed much Dave! I remember hearing once, "It's a small world but I wouldn't want to paint it"! Always interesting when you run into old school chums. It's funny I just finished watching a movie called the Station Agent all about one guy's love of trains then being willed an old train depot which he moved to. Then recently on a two day trip we saw more trains than we have ever seen before which got the whole family talking about how cool trains are. They are such a part of our history/civilization. Enjoyed the blog immensely!
4th September 2016

Steam Trains
Sounds like you know what I'm talking about Sal. Thanks for commenting. There are lots of different trains for different purposes and I found them rather photogenic. It wasn't until I photographed those two times that I realised there are bound to be heaps more. The train nuts are so into them their stories gotta make you smile! Our most memorable was probably one in icy Inner Mongolia.
11th September 2016

Panoramic dancing
The first photo is so important and this one grabbed our attention. Were you talking about yourself when you spoke of train nuts waxing lyrical? ha ha Freaking that you ran into a school friend and he remembered you. Excellent. That must have been fun. Eager to see what the dancing ones do next.
11th September 2016

Panoramic dancing
So many interesting people in Katoomba MJ...so many photo ops...had to share. I went to school by train then the first 9 years of my working life...then not another train until the Sydney Olympics. When we discovered recently that it is sometimes faster to get into the city by train due to parking restraints got me to thinking...some of these slick new trains are pretty cool. Not being a train nut I still prefer to drive though!
12th September 2016

On train rides
I like trains but I am not a railfan. That is, I don't plan my trips around trains but if there are trains, railway bridges, railway stations etc worth seeing I happily take my time seeing it. I have to mention two train rides, out of the many I have taken, that really stick out. I once took a train from Kalka to Shimla in India. It is a narrow gauge railway in a spectacular mountain setting. I once took a train from Peshawar into the Khyber Pass up to the Afghani border. The montains there were so steep that the train in several places had to first go forward, then stop and reverse for a while, then stop and again go forward. I.e. the train equivalent to hairpin turns. Ake
13th September 2016

On train rides
Those train trips sound insane Ake. A train trip in India sounds like a must and you must have wondered if your train would make it up the Khyber Pass at that rate!

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