Saturday, May 05, 2012


Saving the Trains

One day last week we went for a drive to Goulburn. It's not very far from Canberra and the Oldies wanted to get out of the house for a bit. Now, one of the things that you should see if you are ever in Goulburn is the railway museum. Goulburn used to be a big railway workshop and depot back in the days of steam. It had a huge roundhouse and dozens of engines used to be stored and serviced there. Once the diesels took over the workshops and roundhouse were no longer needed. Lots of the gear was sold and demolition of the roundhouse started. Fortunately, a group of railway workers and rail enthusiasts moved to stop the demolition. They saved half of the roundhouse and turned it into a railway museum and preservation site. There are lots of engines there being worked on. Some of them can even run again. One thing that I have never been able to do at other rail museums I have visited is to get underneath the engines and see the workings under there. Well, at Goulburn you can do that. Some of the engines are stored over the work pits and you can actually see and touch the machinery of these beautiful bits of our history. The engine in the photo is a Beyer Peacock S/C30 class tank engine, just in case you were wondering.

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