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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Long and Loud





We heard the whistle long and loud yesterday, it was unmistakable - a steam train was in town. This morning we learnt more, an historic steam train was in town for one day, making two return shuttle trips open to the public.




 Off to our familiar local bridge to watch the train head out on its first trip. The whistle and clackity-clack sounds preceded it.




The engine was coupled facing backwards, not much chance of seeing where they were going.







Some of us were keen to travel on the afternoon journey. We had never boarded a train in our own town, our station being a stop for long distance trains only.




Wonder and excitement as we crossed the bridge by train for the first time.




The view down our main street looked totally different from this vantage point.




 We were soon out into open countryside. The animals were unsure about this new noisy visitor!




After about half an hour it was time to stop.....




and let the engine uncouple on a length of double track and head to the "rear" of the train to pull us back to town.




The interior of the restored carriages was delightful. Being only half full on the afternoon run made our trip even more enjoyable.













Then back towards town.....




The open windows were a pleasant delight to all.




 Home again.







We were reluctant to leave the station. Maybe we will all travel on the train if it tours our area again in the future. I think I enjoyed it as much as the children did, if not more.


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45 comments:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Oh what fun!

tinajo said...

Looks like so much fun, and stylish train! :-)

Joop Zand said...

Lovely serie photo's....good compositions....i like this old train.

Greetings, joop

Jeanne said...

What great family fun, and your shots are great. I am taking my grandson on an old steam train in Colorado in August, so gives me an idea of what to look forward to! Know this will be a day to remember always for you!

geanina said...

just lovely!! :)
greetings....

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I do love trains -- particularly the old ones like this one! What fun and what wonderful captures of the day! I always enjoy seeing the smiles of your beautiful children! Hope all of you have had a great week!

Sylvia

Marty said...

what a wonderful funny day you have spent ! beautiful images ! love this post !

Rosemary said...

Oh, this post makes me feel so nostalgic for the steam trains of my childhood.

Deanna said...

I rode a commuter train for years when I worked in Chicago...but to ride one of these magnificent ladies would be a real pleasure!!

marijke said...

Thanks for showing this your beautiful trip by train. It looks gorgeous.

~Jess said...

This looks like so much fun! I don't blame you guys for hoping aboard!

We have a train that runs little rides and we're hoping to take our oldest in the fall for that.

Jaymi said...

i love the train shots! very cool!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

You're always thinking of fun ways for your kids to learn things. Love those old trains! Great photos.

Wenche said...

Looks like a fun historical train trip :0)

Sarah said...

Amazing this beautiful old train!!! Looks like a nice journey!!! Love Sarah

Rod said...

I love steam trains! I don't know why. I think it is just the apparent simplicity (though they can be amazingly complex). I wish I could have seen it.

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

That is so cool! Looks like a lot of fun. Make me want to take a train trip! :) Beautiful photos!

Pat said...

Thanks for bringing me along for the ride! It looked like a lot of fun and that you all enjoyed it! I just love all the photos, especially the one of the girls sticking their heads out of the window!

Joy said...

So nice to see the steam trains out and about, what a nice way to spend some time on such a beautiful day.

Naturegirl said...

I hear that whistle blowing!Reminds me of the trains we boarded while travelling through Europe a few yrs. ago. Looks like fun was had by all!

Linda R said...

These are such fun photos. I rode a train from Las Vegas to Los Angeles when I was young. It took about 10 hours. What a fun experience it was.
Thanks for sharing you photos with us!

Hugs~

Deborah Tisch said...

Great series of images! I thought of the Hogwarts Express as I looked at the interior shots. What a wonderful adventure on such a classic train!

Carrie said...

Great photos! Looks like a fun adventure!

Łucja-Maria said...

Oh !!!
Very beautiful !!!

cris photos said...

Lindas imagens, adorei esse trem.
Sua familia é muito bonita.


Beijos

Nadege, said...

I find these old trains so fascinating. Wonderful collection.

Deanne said...

looks like fun- I had some children who wanted to go and were very disappointed that we couldn't- but we have been to the mummies and the science centre in last couple of weeks. Hope they come again!

Kim said...

I love the details of the train you captured. Great attention to the details. It looks like such a lovely ride.

HansHB said...

Awesome post! You know, - I love railways and train (diesel)!

And, I've been to Austrailia. 2008 for one month! The oposite distance is the same...

Rosie@leavesnbloom said...

What a great day at school for the kids - one you'll never forget!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Homeschooling affords us many adventures, often at short notice. The other school children also seemed to enjoy the experience.

Dave said...

What an adventure for you and your children Karen. I remember riding those trains as regular intercity transport in our younger days, as you probably did. Great photos - Dave

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I am so pleased to be back! What a fascinating collection of photos of a piece of history.

Julie said...

Wunderbare Bilder....ich liebe es mit alten Bahnen zu fahren! Julie

Jana said...

fantastic experience and such perfect+happy pics...happy rest of the weekend from me:-)

Kay said...

These are really wonderful shots, a well captured series! Beautiful shots of your children, and the photos of the train capture it nicely. What a treat this must have been! Lucky you!

SimonaN said...

Aww, these are really beautiful captures, wowowowowow!

Marie said...

I just love steam trains! Would enjoy riding on one so much and never have had the chance...well, when I was three, but I don't remember it! So glad you had this opportunity! Wonderful shots!

Liz said...

Delightful images and what a wonderful experience for your children.
When my children were younger, we used to take them on Puffing Billy in the Dandenong Ranges when we visited my parents. They used to love it too... and hanging out the windows.

Isabelle said...

So much fun! Thanks for this journey on a steam train. You are now ready to be a true swiss tourist and tour the country by train ;)

Madge Bloom said...

Wow, what a marvelous series of shots! How fun, I remember the steam train whistles when we heard them every day, nothing quite like that sound. Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #34!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Delightful!

Pam :) said...

Your wonderful journey and adorable family brought a smile to my face :)
Thanks for sharing your beautiful world, Karen.

Robyn said...

Ahh, takes me back to England. We had a steam train that ran through our village...The Great Central Railway. They are a joy to all ages! Hope it comes around again for you soon...

Christina said...

My son was delighted to see these Steam Train photos, he is a mad keen Steam Train fanatic - thank you for sharing your day out :)

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