Above is another photograph from Gerry's treasure trove. A steam locomotive at the Hotham Valley Railway just about 60 miles south of Perth in a small place called Dwellingup.
On one of my visits to Perth, Gerry and Ron organized a trip to this preservation railroad. I remember a different 4-8-2 (Mountain) steam locomotive pulling our train. It seemed massive, running on 3 foot 6 inch gauge, being 62 feet long and weighing in at 102 tons. And then all this recent talk about Australian railways got me thinking about my own train photographs I had taken during a few trips to Australia. It took a while to find them and some of those photos are not the best and are indeed pre-digital. There are still close to a hundred disks to go through, but here are a couple of snapshots I found on my external hard disk drive. (I think I need to reconsider my current photo filing system!)
Now a couple of pictures from Broken Hill in New South Wales. I had visited some friends there and decided to go on to Sydney by train. The service is operated by CountryLink and at the time of my visit ran once a week on Tuesdays, leaving Broken Hill at an ungodly early hour. It is a 13 hour 15 minute run in a three section diesel multiple unit. Not exactly the Orient Express, but it was a scenic and enjoyable ride.
Finally two shots from Brad's and my trip on the "Indian Pacific" from Perth to Sydney about 15 years ago: