We had planned to go to a nature park, not sure where, in the afternoon, but Mother did not feel up to it. Sister cooked us some lunch and we decided to take a short trip on the Queenscliff to Drysdale steam train. The Bellarine Railway runs regular steam services, Thomas the Tank Engine trips for the kiddies, excursions and the Blues Train. The trip was to Lakers Siding and back, less than an hour and quite long enough.
Sister cooked us roast pork for dinner and we set off home. Always nice to get home.
The market had a great atmosphere with everyone in a good mood.
Here comes our train. It passed by, shunted and returned on the nearest track to hook up the carriages. Note the guy dark haired guy in the tight blue jeans and top.
Our engine reversing and preparing to hook up. Normally I would identify this engine as a decent sized black one, but for you train buffs, it is a T Class narrow gauge locomotive built by Walkers of Queensland for South Australian Railways. It was retired in 1970 and after some use as a tourist train for the Bellarine, was withdrawn then restored and renovated between 1991 and 2009.
0.5 of a second before the buffers hit.
Gratuitous shot of guy in blue top and blue jeans. Nice smile.
We are under way and engine is belching out smoke.
Swan Bay. Possibly not the peaceful place you might imagine. The boat is going to be very messy with all these birds perched along its edges.
The white house appeals to me. While they are almost on the water's edge, there is no beach with most of the land between the houses and the water being
I'm not sure if this house is finished, but I like what I see. Just past here two women were pacing the train on their bikes. 'Mummy, Mummy', Little Jo cried out, and sure enough Sister and Bone Doctor were pacing the train on their respective bikes. 'Faster Mummy, faster'. But then they ran out of road.
The engine needed some water. See the mother with her children who walked from their nearby home to see the engine? The mother called out, hello Little Jo. God, can't we go anywhere!
The remains of a bunker at Lakers Siding. What was it for? Shell grit apparently.