Workin' on the railroad.  by Ozcloggie

From slide, taken in 1963, between Sydney and Wollongong (Stanwell Park?)

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rail, track, work

In 1969, I enrolled in the “Art Teachers Conversion Course”. It was my first experience of formal art lessons. Soon other interests prevailed, until, I had lunch, in Hazelhurst and then enjoyed the art classes there. Culminating in my exhibition, in 2008.

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  • Martin Derksema
    Martin Derksemaover 7 years ago

    This is beautiful, Ozcloggie. You worked on this picture didn’t you? It looks like a painting and this effect turned out very well. Love the pink on the platform and the dark shadows. The figure with the shovel is fascinating. This image make me think of the work of Edvard Munch and Edward Hopper.

  • Ozcloggie
    Ozcloggieover 7 years ago

    I still lived in Sydney, with my parents but attended Wollongong Teachers College (1962 / 1963).
    I was boarding with a lovely, very elderly lady, who cooked me huge dinners. There was nothing else for me, then, in Wollongong.
    Sometimes certain lectures were dropped and we could leave (very) early, on a Friday, to head back to Sydney, on the train.
    However there were then three changes of train. From steam, to some other way, until, in Sutherland, we would change to the Sydney suburban network.
    Apart from the smoke, in the tunnels, we’d often experience delays because of work going on, on the tracks.

  • John Spies
    John Spiesalmost 6 years ago

    It isn’t Waterfall station is it? I can relate to this well, as one of my first jobs was working fixing railway track, cutting rails with hand saws, drilling sleepers with hand augers and bashing in the dogs with sledges. Nice shot, well done.

  • Yes. Felt uneasy about the name, as I typed it. The train had stopped. It was one of those funny/strange ones. When they let us go home (early) on Friday afternoons there were very few passengers. I’m determined to look for the original slide. I know it’s overexposed.

    – Ozcloggie

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