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Themed Photographs 2010

Steam Makes a Come Back

Posted by danudin on April 23, 2010

Over the next three days I intend to show you how Translink (Brisbane’s Rail and Bus and Ferry Authority has come up with a real innovative Idea!  On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday This week, they rain a steam train service from Ipswich in Brisbane’s West to Shornecliffe on Moreton Bay in the East. These were the first passenger hauling steam trains to operate on the normal suburban rail system in Brisbane since 1968. They under took these three trips to train electric train drivers in the intricacies of Steam. I hope that this is a prelude of a regular service as the look on the face of the small children brought down to see the spectacle made the whole exercise worthwhile for me.

I will be posting five photos each day to show what I saw, and hope you will follow on with my feel good story. The first two shots don’t involve steam, but show the Station where I took my photographs, and what a regular service constitutes, then we will get down to the Nitty Gritty, sorry for the pun!

The next two shots show the Steam Train Arriving at Shornecliffe and the excitment that generated, plus the main drive shaft which drew a lot of interest from the multitudenous munchkins around me as I was getting the shot.

This last shot for the day shows the two Trainee drivers seriously trying to come to grips with the difference between a Steam Locomotive and their usual Electric charges, hey really did not have time to let me look around.


12 Responses to “Steam Makes a Come Back”

  1. I think the 3rd picture is my favorite from this group. Love how it shows the people waiting for the train.

  2. Ron, these are great.

    I love the leading lines created by the train, the wires overhead, and the painted yellow line in the second shot. And the photo of the trainmen at work is a winner too. A great series. Look forward to the rest.

  3. Bobbie said

    Super cool! I especially like the shot of the engineers–not a sight one gets to see any more.

  4. WoW they really keep the running gear clean. Wonderful images Ron, I go for the shot of the crew as well.

  5. I’m looking forward to this journey Ron! Julie is right about those strong leading lines and my favorite is the last one with the engineers. Very nice exposure on that one in particular. And I see you’ve made friends with WordPress for the moment – your formatting on this post is very pleasing to read.

    • danudin said

      Desparation Karen I think I was driving Julie insane and that can cause trouble in Canada. LOL I thought no hassles so far with two shots so text 2 shots space more text then shots again should work, fingers toes nostrils and everything else that comes in pairs crossed.

  6. I’m so glad you have the opportunity to see steam engines at work. We have a few here that we have investigated since our DGS is a train fanatic (he is only 5 years old)…especially steam engines like Thomas.
    I’ll be looking forward to your series.

  7. Sherrie said

    Hi Ron,
    Great series of shots. Seems to me steam would be lots better. I really like the second on the right of the workings of the train. Have a great day!


  8. ~Val said

    What a cool event! I’m looking forward to more of the story!

  9. Tammy McChesney said

    I am definitely ALL ABOARD on this series, these are just fabulous…wonderful!!!

  10. Thanks so much for this story, Ron. I do love the photo of the yellow train pulled into the station.

  11. Doris P. said

    Interesting stuff, Ron! Love those old engines. Glad people care enough to bring them back!

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