Sharing a love of postcards

I have been writing blogposts but not in my usual category. I’ve created a new one called Postcards and it is linked in the menu of my site.  So it won’t be going out through my normal email feed.

For almost a year now I’ve been a member of Postcrossing.net and enjoying receiving postcards from all over the world, as well as sending them. I’m teaching others about our country and I’m learning lots about other countries.  If you’re interested in seeing the cards I’ve received, and some that I’ve sent, why not check out that menu item Postcards to see. Make sure you pop back now and then. I have a year’s worth (almost) of cards to pop up on the site and it’s going to take me awhile to get them up there, then I’ll have to keep it updated.

In the meantime, here is one I’ve sent overseas to a small number of people. A very iconic image from our area, don’t you think?

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The Puffing Billy

Some of you will know that I live not far from the Puffing Billy line. I love to go watch the train. My husband is a steam train enthusiast and while he admires their engineering and structure, and even the smell, I get to enjoy the visual from the rising steam and the train in action. We can enjoy the very same thing but for different reasons.

We’ve been enjoying particularly lovely sunny days here lately, although very, very cold. I knew that I should get some good views of the train and had never ventured to the top of the Trestle Bridge before to take shots, so went down there last weekend for that very reason.

Because the sun was so bright I was unable to view the images on my LCD screen properly and had to wait till I got home to view them on the computer. I am reasonably happy with what I got.  Might try again another day, at a different time of the day.

Puffing Billy on the trestle bridge

Puffing Billy in the midday sun

This last one is at the crossing near home. It has new gates, lights, and fencing which makes it more difficult to get the shots I used to get here, but they’re still reasonable.

Puffing Billy at Selby Crossing

Puffing Billy Great Train Race

Were you there yesterday? At the race in the Dandenongs?

If you were, I have a number of shots of people passing under the Trestle Bridge as the train was passing over at my Facebook page. Here are some to whet your appetite. If you are one in one of these photos feel free to contact me to get a larger copy for yourself.

The race is on!

I later found out who the winners were and looked back through my photos to find I did capture them both as they passed by me.

Winners Steve Kelly and Sarah Klein show their stuff below:

Steve Kelly shows his stuff

Steve Kelly takes the lead from the start.

Lisa Klein out in front

Sarah Klein out in front

 

Leaving the station

The train is finally ready to leave the station and all the passengers have been told to get back on board.  The station master rang his bell and called out that very familiar call ‘Allllllll abooooarrrrd!’

All aboard!!!

The train driver checks one last time before climbing back into his cabin to take the train out of the station.

Train driver watching

And the station master waves his flag signalling the all clear.

Signalling the train is leaving

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The steam train comes in

Not long after we had our lunch, the first of the steam trains came rolling in. A big black steam engine.  Note how people love to sit in the carriages behind – with their legs hanging out. A popular thing for young people.

C42 rolling into the station

The train stayed in the station for about 20 mins, waiting for the other train to come from the opposite direction (it’s a single track line most of the way) and so tourists and other interested parties were welcome to view the steam engine and talk to the drivers.

Long view of the engine

Tourists viewing the steam engine