The Ghosts of Walhalla by Jonathan Newton

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This shot was taken back in 2007 while a group of friends and myself were walking along the old Narrow Gauge Railway formation of the Walhalla Railway (between Moondarra and Gould).

When we came to this curve I could visualise in my mind a train slowly climbing its way to Walhalla, the echo of the exhaust, the sound of hissing steam and the smell of burning coal. That is what inspired me to take my ‘plate’ photo of this location.

The shot of the train was taken on the Upper Ferntree Gully-Gembrook railway (now Puffing Billy), circa 1915-19.

There were 4 of these narrow gauge railways around Victoria and all of them used the Na Class locomotives – all of the surviving members of this class can be found at the Puffing Billy Railway.

By happy coincidence, the photograph I took along the old formation was a perfect match for the B&W photo, taken almost 90 years earlier.

With a little work in photoshop this is a visual replica of the vision I had in my mind when I was walking along this long since demolished railway.


  • Pene Stevens
    Pene Stevensover 4 years ago

    fabulous !! :)

  • Thank you Pene :D

    – Jonathan Newton

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 4 years ago

    Nicely put together Jonathan. Often stood and had inspiration like this when looking at an old trackbed. Great Image. – Ted

  • Thank you Ted :)

    – Jonathan Newton

  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellover 4 years ago

    Dream stuff, well presented. The thought precedes the image.

  • Thank you for the compliment :D

    – Jonathan Newton

  • mspfoto
    mspfotoover 4 years ago

    Great imaginative piece of work. Very thought provoking.

  • Thanks mspfoto :)

    – Jonathan Newton

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariover 4 years ago

    Very clever work!! :)) Wonderful creation!! :)) Love this! :)

  • Thank you Vicki That is such a wonderful compliment to receive. :D

    – Jonathan Newton

  • dmaxwell
    dmaxwellover 4 years ago

    nice work Jonathan,it made me do a double take then read what you wrote.

  • Thanks dmaxwell I am glad to hear it had the effect on you. Thanks for the comment. :)

    – Jonathan Newton

  • Aggpup
    Aggpupover 4 years ago

    Nice combination

  • Karen Gunn
    Karen Gunnover 4 years ago

    Dont you just love it when you can achieve what you see in your minds eye!
    This is brillant work! Hauntingly beautiful. Well done you clever thing!

  • Thanks Karen (",) Yes, it is a wonderful thing to achieve a thought into reality. Thank you

    – Jonathan Newton

  • WildBillPho
    WildBillPhoabout 4 years ago

    Great image! Very nice work.

  • Thank you Bill (",)

    – Jonathan Newton

  • PhotogDad
    PhotogDadabout 4 years ago

    Excellent image. You pulled off what you had thought of in your mind perfectly

  • Thank you Charles That is a wonderful comment to receive.

    – Jonathan Newton

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