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Heading back to Queenstown, these are my photos (and phone video) from our train chase. On the Sunday of the Heritage Festival, they ran a train from Strahan to Queenstown to re-enact the "rescue train" from the mine disaster. We decided to chase it in. Not all the way from Strahan though :)

Our plan was to find a spot outside the town where we could wait for the train, and then race it back it back in with the car.

First problem was to determine when to get there. We worked how an approximate time of arrival at some point to the south based on how long it took the train to do the trip the previous day (when we were on it), a supposedly faster speed, a greater distance creating error, and that they might not stop to "change staff" at Halls Creek; and then aimed to arrive at our position 15 minutes before that.

Second problem, was where to wait. We decided to head south and see if we could find a place where the road came in to the track, using Google Maps (which helpfully doesn't show the road coming into the track, or has roads that don't appear to exist on it), phone navigation apps and road signs.

(This is photo heavy, even by my standards.)


Which is how we found the Tasmanian Specialty Timbers mill car park and there, a road that crosses the track. One slight problem though.

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Borrowing from Chums again, the 4 January 1893 this time. I opened this issue up, saw the story was about mail vans and went to pick up the next issue. For we know what mail vans are like, bags of mail are thrown into them at one station and then thrown out at another, and that is all there is to it. Then I looked at the picture showing the interior of a van.

OK maybe there is a bit more to it. So, here is A Run with the Mail Van:

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Interior views of early train carriages aren't that common, especially not ones of this size. These two photos filled the page. As you might imagine, when I unfolded the page I went "Oooh" and then "I'm just sneaking over to use the photocopier while you're not looking." The latter sort of ruined by me showing off what I'd found on the way past the counter.

So I'm sharing pretty pictures.

Royal Journey from Hobart to Launceston
Tasmanian Mail, 29 July 1920


"A view of the train in which H.R.H. the Prince of Wales travelled from Hobart to Launceston"

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Was just checking for news about train holdup/robberies in the actual news. None* but plenty of collisions, derailments and I didn't know they could actually do that.**


A wonderful escape from death occurred on the railway line at the Dawson bridge on Thursday night. The guard of the down goods train observed a child lying on the line. The train was immediately slowed, and the cow catcher gently pushed the child down between the rails, the train passing over it without inflicting any injury.

The Queenslander, 28 October 1882


Two hundred unemployed navvies seized a goods train at Helidon to-day. The Minister of Works met them and remonstrated. He promised to stop all immigration except under the remittance system. The mob then dispersed. A committee of navvies intend waiting on the Government.

Launceston Examiner, 27 August 1866

*Due to too many mail coaches, I assume
** Or a fear of the trains falling off the rails at the time
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To answer my own question, yes there were.

"In 1938 the Mount Isa Mines payroll of 3,000 pounds was stolen by a group of horsemen near Cloncurry."

This robbery is the subject of school holiday activities in Ipswich but beyond that, all I can find is news story that I used for the above quote: Deathbed confession solves 66-year-old robbery case

There's a little paragraph towards the end of this article about a robbery in 1973.

How men toiled and died to save Cairns

"In 1973 the mountain line was the scene of Australia's Great Train Robbery when two masked bandits hijacked a railway payroll. Blocking the line with a rock, the robbers held up the crew and fired several shots into the luggage compartment. Before disappearing with the $7000 payroll, the pair immobilised the train by chaining its wheels to the rails."

Finally, in 1935 Joseph Ryan was tried and acquitted for robbing a mail train.

"At the Quarter Sessions yesterday a witness described the manner in which he alleged the robbery of £10 000 in bank notes from the Canberra mail train four years ago had been planned."

An account of the trial.

This was all through the papers at the time.

(And mp3 player gives me "The Morning of the Frey". LOL No shortage of accounts of coaches being held up though.)
xenith: (Railway)
I has train.

That is, the Victorian Goldfields Railway train. It runs from Castlemaine to Maldon, but only on Wednesdays and Saturdays, so I had to structure my trip around the it.

The plan was... Wednesday morning take a Metlink train into Melbourne City/Southern Cross station, change to a Vline train for the 1.5 hour trip to Castlemaine, get off here for the stream train to Maldon, spend just under 2 hours then, catch steam train back, and another Vline train to Bendigo for the night.

Up until the day, I worried it might not be worth the hassle.

First one

Photos. Really. )


Oct. 20th, 2006 01:00 pm
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Quiet train too.

Train )

1.49 pm. I'll be ready next time. There's also a paper train going the other way "about midday".


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