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    Tasmanian Wilderness Railway

    I have sensed that there are a few railway buffs in this forum so I thought I would post this thread on the Tasmanian Wilderness Railway.

    I had a ride on it in March this year and took these shots. The railway was completed in 1896 between the mining town of Queenstown and the coastal port of Strahan on the west coast of Tasmania.

    It winds along the edge of the King River which flows through remote and rugged mountain country.It closed for ore transport in 1963 but was re-built in the 1990's as a tourist attraction.

    In the steepest section of the track, it uses a rack and cog system designed by Swiss engineer Dr Roman Apd. You can see the rack in some of the photos below (in the middle of the lines).

    Hope you enjoy.

    Cheers Dave

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    Manual turntable (no sex discrimination here !)
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    Re: Tasmanian Wilderness Railway

    Thanks for posting those Dave. It looks like Tasmania is one beautiful place!

    Interesting looking steam powered locomotive, as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dizzy View Post
    Thanks for posting those Dave. It looks like Tasmania is one beautiful place!

    Interesting looking steam powered locomotive, as well.

    Mike
    Thanks for looking Mike. Yes it's a nice area to visit.

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    Lovely thing to see.

    Unfortunately, the sky (in those which it appears) is blown (need to invest in GND filters!). Otherwise, #1, #2and #5 (the bridge) would, I think, have been really good images.

    The third one would make a great B & W, I think.

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    I love steam loco's and this little beauty fits the bill for me! A great series of shots Steve.

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    Thanks Donald and Keith for your comments. I love steam locos too Keith.

    Yes Donald, it's a pity about the blown out sky. I'll see if i can replace the sky in these but I'd prefer to get it right in the first place.

    Now that you mention it, I think most of them have B&W potential (I had considered #6 for B&W previously).

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    And finally, here's one more shot of the loco.

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    Re: Tasmanian Wilderness Railway

    Quote Originally Posted by dje View Post
    Now that you mention it, I think most of them have B&W potential ... .
    I agree with you, and in particular on ...

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    That really makes it a different and much better image altogether, in my opinion.

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    Re: Tasmanian Wilderness Railway

    Quote Originally Posted by dje View Post
    In the steepest section of the track, it uses a rack and cog system designed by Swiss engineer Dr Roman Apd. You can see the rack in some of the photos below (in the middle of the lines).
    Neat! I've ridden on a cog railway in Switzerland up to the town of Zermatt and in New Hampshire to the top of Mount Washington. Nice images! Thanks for posting!

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    Re: Tasmanian Wilderness Railway

    An interesting set of pictures, Dave.
    Especially the broken crossing & manual turn table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    I agree with you, and in particular on ...

    That really makes it a different and much better image altogether, in my opinion.
    Yes I think B&W works really well on this one.

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    Re: Tasmanian Wilderness Railway

    Thanks Frank and Sahil, glad you enjoyed them.

    Dave

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    That's a superb set of of photos.I think many of the oldies Lol.. on here love the old steam engines.I really like the B&W version of the station with 'granny' in the foreground too and the bridge photo. makes an impression... a great all round job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnC View Post
    That's a superb set of of photos.I think many of the oldies Lol.. on here love the old steam engines.I really like the B&W version of the station with 'granny' in the foreground too and the bridge photo. makes an impression... a great all round job.
    Thanks John, glad you enjoyed them. Yes I quite like the B&W of the station with granny in too. I think B&W on these photos takes you back to a bygone era when steam was king.

    Cheers Dave

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    Re: Tasmanian Wilderness Railway

    Those bridges look a bit flimsy to me, and the very last colour image of the train leaving the station is brilliant.

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    Re: Tasmanian Wilderness Railway

    Quote Originally Posted by arith View Post
    Those bridges look a bit flimsy to me, and the very last colour image of the train leaving the station is brilliant.
    Steve I wouldn't worry too much about the bridge, I'm sure it's made from good strong Aussie hardwood and it appears to be well braced in all directions.

    Glad you like that last image - there's nothing like a bit of steam to create atmosphere.

    Dave

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