Engine 2705 at Thirlmere by George Petrovsky

Thirlmere, on the edge of the Southern Highlands of NSW, houses its main Railway Museum. Since the multi-million dollar reconstruction and new facilities and displays, this has become a major tourist attraction. Once part of the main line between Sydney and Melbourne, the fairly short stretch of line from here to Balmoral Village is now only used for steam train rides on week ends. Here, the train is fired up and ready to move off.

Nikon D80, 18-200VR lens, 1/500sec @ f 11, FL 18mm, ISO 200, Program, Auto exposure and WB. Converted to Sepia and a bit of Poster Edging in Photoshop Elements 3.

An old photographer and his dog trying to find what turns a photograph into a worthwhile picture. Perhaps try to take a worthwhile photograph in the first place? The digital darkroom is a creative, fascinating place. If only I could learn to use it and the cameras I have to best effect… I love “mucking around”, as you can see!

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  • Aggpup
    Aggpupover 3 years ago

    Nice work here George. Is this a coal or wood burner

  • G’day David! Glad you like this rendition. It’s a coal burner, and in my gallery I have 2 more pictures – one of “The Fireman” on the footplate and the other “Ready to Roll”. Methinks putting script on the pictures was not the best idea – I’ll have to go back and remedy this, one day…. :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyover 3 years ago

    Nice one George ..excellent work my friend – Love it !

  • G’day gail! Glad you like this old steamer (the train, that is!) and have added it to your favourites – muchly appreciated! :)) george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenover 3 years ago

    Have being past there a few times & think about calling in ..must do now !! excellent work George.

  • G’day wazza!
    Thanks for favouriting this shot – much appreciated! If you’re up this way, please let me know beforehand & we can get together for a browse through the museum. :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsover 3 years ago

    Excellent capture George!!..always enjoy steam trains no matter where, their numbers have certainly dwindled over the years so it’s always such a pleasure to see great engineering, still doing what it was built to do.

  • G’day Kate!
    Thank you very much for favouriting this old train. Back in the really olden days, which you as a young lady wouldn’t remember, steam trains abounded. It was always fun to stick your head out the window to listen to the noise of the engine and get a bit of soot on your face! All impossible and illegal now, of course! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottover 3 years ago

    nice one George, been there a couple of times, very interesting

  • G’day Robert!
    Is there anywhere you haven’t been? Thanks for visiting again and I’m glad you like this image. :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • Enivea
    Eniveaover 3 years ago

    Toot toot – I love trains! And this is a REAL train!

  • G’day Enivea! Yep, this is the real thing, complete with smoke and steam and choofing noises! Glad you like this one. Must take a ride on it one day – I’ve only taken pics from the ground and a few close-ups.

    – George Petrovsky

  • Phil Woodman
    Phil Woodmanover 3 years ago

    Good one George, steam engines have character.

  • G’day Phil! Glad you like this picture. A while ago, I took a modern CityRail train into Sydney. So smooth, so quiet and no sense of adventure the old steam train journeys had! :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • kenspics
    kenspicsover 3 years ago

    I love these old steamers! George!!!
    Massive, powerful engines, belching smoke, with their huge wheels churning and turning as the engine and cars cars flew by me!!!
    Wonderful memories.. and my thanks for sharing!!!

  • G’day Ken!
    Thanks for favouriting this picture and for the wonderful comments! We have very similar memories and this class of train was the first I’d travelled on back in the 1950s. The modern ones are all sleek and smooth and comply with all sorts of regulations – but somehow the romance of train travel has sadly gone. :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • TonyCrehan
    TonyCrehanover 3 years ago

    Love steam engines George. this is great.

  • G’day Tony!
    Thanks for visiting Thirlmere and adding 2705 to your favourites – muchly appreciated. This engine seems to be the favourite for rides – I’ve yet to see another engine, other than the special “Thomas” engine doing rides for the kids. :)george

    – George Petrovsky

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 3 years ago

    A real beauty, and love the tones George, makes a great Postcard x

  • G’day Pauline!
    Thanks very much for your visit and for adding this old steam train to your favourites – much appreciated!
    Well, I can only live in hope that some discerning train lover will come along…one day… :)george

    – George Petrovsky

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