I've also been on overseas travels for A family Christmas (the lady of the house's side that is).
This time I managed to wangle a trip to one of the 'best preservation lines in the world', Puffing Billy in Melbourne. I'll let the photo's do the talking.
|'Belgrave station. Na class 8A waits for the doors to shut.'|
|'We moved about 150 meters round a curve and then stopped. Just when I thought I was being had, a train turned up from the other direction.'|
|'20minutes travel saw us to Menzies creek, 1/2 way between Belgrave and out destination Lakeside.'|
|'The presentation was very impressive. It could have been 100 years ago.'|
|'Another Na leaves Lakeside with a 10 coach train. The drivers were not sparing the loco's, 100 years old or not.'|
|'The line runs through Australian native bush for much of the length between Belgrave and Lakeside. This is the return trip.'|
|'I had to get a photo on the famous bridge.'|
|'Tanking up before the last trip of the day. Seems to be good on coal too.'|
In a time honored tradition of the railway, you are allowed to sit up on the windows and hang your legs out the sides (there are bars holding you in). As I participated in this tradition I wondered how many tonnes of paperwork would have to be filled out to do something similar in this country.
|'No Hi-Viz in sight.'|