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Flying Scotsman & 3801 @ Parramatta 1989 by muz2142

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The famous steam engine “The Flying Scotsman” visited Australia in 1989 to conduct several rail tours. In this shot “The Flying Scotsman” is coupled with the Australian steam engine 3801 on a journey from Sydney, New South Wales across the width of Australia to Perth, Western Australia.
It ran under the name of “The West Australian” (the normal rail service between Sydney and Perth is the diesel-powered “Indian-Pacific”.

This shot was taken in the western suburbs between Parramatta and Westmead stations when the trip was outbound from Sydney. The time was 8.45am and the date: 9 September 1989.

The photo was taken with an Asahi Pentax SPII camera using Kodak colour transparency film.

The photo has been tweaked using Gimp software – select/copy/paste tools to remove some imperfections and brightness/contrast tool and sharpening filter.


  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderover 3 years ago

    Nice! – John

  • Thanks for your appreciation John.

    – muz2142

  • muz2142
    muz2142about 2 years ago

    Thanks to the purchaser of this photo as a poster.

  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangertover 1 year ago

    Great piece of history, i love steam trains!

  • Thanks for the appreciation Nigel.

    – muz2142

  • Joel  Haldane
    Joel Haldane6 months ago

    Wonderful photo, I remember watching these two trains cross the Blue Mountains as a 9 year old.

  • Thanks for your appreciation and comment Joel. I followed the trains across the Blue Mountains from Sydney to Bowenfels – probably at the same time as you saw them. There are a couple of shots of this trip on my redbubble site – I hope you saw them as well as this shot.

    – muz2142

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