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3801 (pronounced Thirty-eight o-one) is Australia’s best known and most widely travelled steam locomotive.

Built in 1943, this streamlined locomotive was designed to haul express trains such as the Newcastle Flyer and Melbourne Limited for the New South Wales Government Railways (NSWGR). The train was restored during the 1980s. 3801 is now recognised by the Heritage Council and Institution of Engineering as a heritage icon.

As a child, I remember travelling down to the south coast on a steam train. Today it is a real treat to re-visit those days of old on a steam-train ride.

Captured near Robertson, NSW, Australia.
Pentax K1000 film camera, as is.
Thanks to Brian.

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I live in Australia and enjoy bushwalking in the great outdoors, especially the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park.

My photographic interests are pretty much related to Australian landscapes, rustic Australia, historic Australia, Australian wildlife, flora, fauna, birds, etc. Guess I love the country I was born and live in.

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  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...about 3 years ago

    Where do you find these beauties at? I’d love to come across one!

    Great shot, Michael. Love the composition…especially because you can see the other carriages coming around the bend… Oh, great! Now I wanna know what’s around that corner! ;)

    PS. I have been to Robertson! LOL!!! ;D xxx

  • lol – it’s a nice there in the Southern Highlands. Thanks very much for the fave Donna!

    – Michael John

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsabout 3 years ago

    Great subject & great shot Mike. I like the way the curving rails fit into the shot. Well done.

  • Thanks for that comment Michael!

    – Michael John

  • Kerry  Hill
    Kerry Hillabout 3 years ago

    Fabulous composition and capture Michael!

  • Thanks for the comment Kerry!

    – Michael John

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyabout 3 years ago

    Excellent capture Michael …wonderful composition ! – Love it !!

  • Thanks for thte comment and fave Gail!

    – Michael John

  • myraj
    myrajabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture Micheal. I once had a ride in the engine of this beastie. It was the most terrifying experience of my life.
    Myra

  • wow – really up close and personal for you then!

    – Michael John

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 3 years ago

    magnificent capture

  • Thank you

    – Michael John

  • virginian
    virginianabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful shot. I’ve ridden one train in my life and loved it. A fave.

  • It’s a great experience. Thanks for the fave!

    – Michael John

  • Dayonda
    Dayondaabout 3 years ago

    Looks like she’s back on a run?
    She’s beautiful, and I love the cat whiskers trim job!

    In the USA we have/had ironwork in the shape of a skirt in front of the locomotive called a cowcatcher, because of the huge, unfenced range herds of day in the past.
    So.. did Australia have Roocatchers???

  • Dayonda
    Dayondaabout 3 years ago


    CONGRATULATIONS!
    Your excellent Island-related art has been FEATURED today!
    14 Jul 2011
    Look daily for NEW Features!

  • Thanks for the feature Dayonda!

    – Michael John

  • Kathilee
    Kathileeabout 3 years ago

    So cool that they restored it to working order! Perfect capture of it Michael!

  • Yes, it’s good to see it on the rails! Thanks Kathilee.

    – Michael John

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