After an absence of steam trains running around on our suburban and country rail tracks for one year purely for people's pleasure because of you know what, they are back. I have never taken a trip or even seen one pass by except I've seen smoke rising from the South Yarra cutting from home.
Odd how when there is a single track and it then changes to a double track briefly, it is called a passing loop. It is not a loop at all really. It is also odd that trains don't go up hills but climb a named bank, such as Albion bank in this video, where in almost didn't climb the bank.
I thought what a strange and unattractive engine, that could barely do the job of towing five carriages and what I guess is a water tank, until I realised it is 130 years old, dating back to 1891. So really I think that is quite impressive. It was locally made at a Ballarat foundry and was last in service in 1961.
Unless you are really interested, this video at 18 minutes is a bit long for most people, but if you want to click through it to certain points, here are some. Keep in mind that a camera lens can and in this video does distort a little of what you see.
30 seconds in, see how hard the engine is working.
3.36 the train exits the Bunbury Street Tunnel in Footscray and crosses the Bunbury Street Bridge. The curve can't possibly be as sharp as it appears and I know it isn't.
6.50 it is returning from Southern Cross Station and the engine is travelling backwards.
7.30 the engine is losing traction on a bank. You can hear the engine speed up and it belches smoke as its wheels start spinning on wet track. 'I think I can', comes to mind, and it did.
10.00 the engine is again working very hard.
12.40 the engine is put back in place at the front of the train.
16.10 the screed says the engine failed. I am not sure how it failed. It seems to be working well enough to me. It returned to its home base.