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March 30th 2014
Published: April 1st 2014
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Around the world there are many great Railway Preservation Projects, and rightly so. The very fabric of development of many places including Tasmania was the thread of iron rails and hissing steam monsters that carried produce and people where no other transport of the time could, and at speeds that were unimaginable before the rail was introduced. For me personally, maintaining that railway hist... Read Full Entry

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Very rareVery rare
Very rare

I think this is a Rover twin cylinder.
Australia's first diesel locoAustralia's first diesel loco
Australia's first diesel loco

Tasmania beet Victoria by three months to get diesel locos in service. This one has travelled over 4 million kilometres around Tasmania.
End of steam eraEnd of steam era
End of steam era

These were the last two steam locos in Tasmania. As they were only going to have a short service life, maintenance was not well done. So the rebuild for these to working status would be expensive.
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Don River Railway 02

The Gardiner powered Rail Car ready to do another journey. These are vintage machines. Imagine their joy when they found two Gardener diesel engines with only a relatively few hours of service life to use as spares
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Don River Railway 03

Young children enjoy the ride, but next sister up was suspicious of the camera
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Don River Railway 04

Suspicious sister! I did have the parents permission to take the pics for Travel Blog.
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Don River Railway 05

Riverside journey
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Don River Railway 07

A reminder of travel 60 years or more ago.

1st April 2014

Last of Tasmania
Another very interesting blog " didn't you do well." We certainly enjoyed your efforts over the past weeks. On the home lap now and probably reluctant to give up the gypsy life just yet.
1st April 2014

Enjoyed our tour of Tasmania with you
I trust your return journey to Melbourne was as pleasant as your trip over - no sea sickness. I am pleased you enjoyed your time in Tasmania - 'boy where did the 6 weeks go'. Once again you entertained us with your 'blog' and your beautiful photos. Safe travelling now back in Australia. Look forward to seeing you when your back home. We go to Gympie next Thursday 10 for a Northern State Gideon Convention for the weekend and then Tuesday 22 for our two week Gideon Safari out west - like we did two years ago. I pray you have kept well and 'Bushbaby' was too. Love as usual - Carol (and John) ox's ox's
1st April 2014

Tassie Crossing
Once again we were blessed with a great crossing. We were welcomed by the captain at 5:45am and he gave us disembarkation instructions for Adelaide. Repeated Adelaide several times in his spiel. At the end was just a hint as he reminded us that it was 1 April. Back in Bris around Easter.
1st April 2014

Your Blog
Have absolutely enjoyed your blog. The writing and photo's were great. Wished we could have done it with you. Brought a lot of memories back from our visit to Tasmania but you have seen so much more then we ever saw. Will have to do another trip. Looking forward to catching up with you. Hope you continue to travel safely God Bless Love Mary
1st April 2014

Hope to be home Easter Saturday. Looking forward to catching up with you before going to USA.
2nd April 2014

as always the photography was superb,and the subject so interesting,see you soon.Safe journey home my friends, can't say enough how much I have enjoyed you blogs.
2nd April 2014

Trains comment
Thanks Jakii, it has been a fun 6 weeks down here. Life at home will be comparatively boring!? Should be home Easter Weekend.

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