Pine Creek Railway Museum, Northern Territory, Australia
Disused tracks, Pine Creek Railway Museum. You can make out the name “H Pooley & Son, Liverpool, London”
I have two sets of railway-related photos for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge with this week’s theme of trains and tracks. The first is from Pine Creek in northern Australia, where enthusiasts and volunteers maintain a small museum dedicated to the area’s railway history.
Locomotive at Pine Creek Railway Museum
The narrow-gauge North Australia Railway ran south from Darwin and reached Pine Creek in 1888. By 1929 it had reached its farthest point, Birdum, a distance of some 509 km (316 miles). The line’s busiest period was during World War II.
This locomotive was built in 1877 in England, and rebuilt in 2001 in Australia.
The line closed on 30 June 1976, overshadowed by more effective means of transport, but in its time was important carrier of goods and people.
Luxurious travel in its day, but uncomfortable by our standards!
The Grand Canyon Railway, Arizona, US
The Grand Canyon Railway
The first train to carry passengers the 103 km (64 miles) from Williams, Arizona to the south rim of the Grand Canyon ran on 17 September 1901.
Old steam locomotive, Grand Canyon Railway
As with the North Australia Railway, competition from cars led to closure of the Grand Canyon Railway in July 1968 (only three passengers were on the last run!). Three unsuccessful attempts were made to resurrect the line, until in 1989 services resumed under different ownership.
Current diesel locomotive, Grand Canyon Railway. It may be more efficient and more environmentally friendly, but it doesn’t captivate people like the steam locos do!
The train today offers seating in various classes, from all-inclusive food and drink luxury carriages to high-domed viewing carriages to straightforward seating.
Going around a corner, shot from the platform at the end of the train
At the end of the train is an open platform that offers uninterrupted views back at the tracks, or forward if you lean around the corner of the carriage.
Looking back at the tracks from the platform.
I think you can guess which class of seat I opted for. 😉
Access to the rear platform is through this door.
Time to relax, enjoy the scenery and decide which beverage to have.
(Information about these reailways was taken from Wikipedia)