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My Australian Journey #12: The steepest train journey in the world

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Above, the Road Builders Memorial in Katoomba, NSW.

Inscription:

Rotary Club Of Katoomba
Centenary Project 2005
“THE ROAD BUILDERS MEMORIAL”

THESE SCULPTURES CELEBRATE THE LIVES OF CONVICTS AND PIONEER FAMILIES UPON WHOSE LABOUR THE AUSTRALIAN NATION WAS FOUNDED.

EQUALLY WE ACKNOWLEDGE THE PRESENCE OF DARUG AND GUNDUNGURRA PEOPLE WHO BELONG TO THIS LAND.

ESPECIALLY WE BEAR IN MIND THE HARDSHIPS ENDURED BY THE ROAD BUILDERS.

GANGS OF CONVICTS IN LEG IRONS TOILED FOR OVER 30 YEARS TO CREATE “THE GREAT WESTERN HIGHWAY” FROM THE EARLY SETTLEMENT IN EMU PLAINS TO THE NEW DEVELOPMENT IN BATHURST.

WITH PRIMITIVE TOOLS THEY ENDURED MANY COLD WINTERS AND HOT SUMMERS – THEY BROKE ROCK AND CARTED SOIL, FORGING A ROAD THROUGH THOSE RUGGED “BLUE MOUNTAINS”.

WE ASK YOU TO PAUSE AND REFLECT ON THEIR LIVES OF OUR ANCESTORS WHO HELPED CREATE OUR GREAT AUSTRALIAN SPIRIT AND THE IMMEASURABLE CHARACTER OF OUR NATION.

THEIR CHARACTER AND SPIRIT IS THEIR LEGACY TO ALL GENERATIONS THAT FOLLOW

And a year ago I was complaining about doing 88 days farmwork…

But to rewind even further back, this was my view from the Blue Mountains as I was about to step on what was described as ‘the steepest passenger railway in the world’. And as always, with anything described as ‘steepest’, ‘tallest’ or ‘fastest’ I headed to the bar first. Thankfully there is one located at the top, and a couple beers helped me to calm my nerves. As many of you know I am not the best with heights, and a beer takes the edge of it. Before long I headed down to the entrance and waited for the train to arrive.

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Although it is as steep as a roller coaster, it was pretty slow as I watched the train on numerous occasions move forward and disappear over what seemed like a pretty sudden drop. I do have more pictures over here in the post from the day, and I am uploading them and a video to my Instagram story shortly. It was a great experience with breathtaking views.

I also added a post on my love for abandoned things and places. if you would like to look, I have linked it here. There were interesting discoveries to be made of things either left to fade or just abandoned before opening, even more impactful in such dense wooded areas.

I wonder if they have this button working again…

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Being so close to Sydney, I went the first time by myself. I thought I went for a day but looking at my original posts from here I only just remembered I stayed in a hostel overnight! I’ve stayed in too many hostels, they all blur into one over time. But before I knew it I was back in the big city, back to the crowds and protesters.

I decided to add this shot as it isn’t something you can walk by in the street without a second glance.

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These are today’s shots from my daily throwback posts of my Australian Journey, many, many more to come and as always, more of each experience in the links. There won’t be many more from Sydney as I really need to move onto the next destination on my travels, Newcastle. Then farmwork, the east coast from Cairns to the Gold Coast, and plenty of shots from my longer stays in Brisbane and Melbourne. Too many pictures and memories, so little time to share them!

Thank you for reading, and I will see you all again tomorrow.


 

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Sam

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12 replies »

  1. i never used to be the type with an attraction to “highest, steepest, and fastest”.,..but as I have gotten older I have definitely gotten more adventurous and yes, those words have power. LOL….I’d probably be disappointed it isn’t faster….but that will go on my Australia list!

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