Friday, October 25, 2013

The Burnt Zig Zag

As awful as it is that so many people in New South Wales have lost their homes to bushfire, it is also a tragedy that the historic Zig Zag railway operation in Lithgow suffered very bad fire damage.

I wrote a little about the unusual railway back here. The operation has been closed for a while with rail safety accreditation issues but it was almost ready to re-open. It certainly won't for some time now. Here is a news report from the ABC.


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  1. I don't watch ABC news, so didn't know about the line being damaged, they didn't cover that on ch7 as far as I know, but often I don't pay attention so maybe I missed it. It's a real shame, but not as bad as people who have lost their homes.

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    1. River, it is so hard to imagine your home being burnt. I heard one personal tale on the radio tonight from a woman in NSW who lost her home. Truly awful.

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  2. The whole thing is a tragedy that shouldn't have happened, and summer hasn't even officially started yet. I wonder if we'll be able to keep better control than we did last year.

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    1. Grace, we are fortunate that this global warming nonsense is a myth, or it all might be much worse.

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  3. I hadn't heard about the Zig Zag either. That is a sad photo.

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    1. Yes, mostly volunteer labour. Sad for them.

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  4. That answers the question I had when I saw the picture of the burnt-out railway car. Sad. Actually, I hadn't realised the zig-zag was ever going to re-open, having only seen announcements of its closure.

    Confirms my anti-militarism, though that is a prejudice which doesn't need much confirmation.

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    1. Marcellous, it is such an important part of NSW history, as railways often are.

      I wonder if I am anti army because of anti militarism or I connect the forces with conservative governments. Bit of both, I should think.

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