I think I can...I think I can...I think I can! by TonyCrehan

I think I can...I think I can...I think I can! by 

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Taken with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1 point & shoot in January 2011 at Emerald on the Puffing Billy Line in the Dandenong Ranges, East of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. HDR in Simply HDR for Mac.

The Puffing Billy railway was one of four low-cost 2’6" (762mm) gauge lines constructed in Victoria in the early 1900s to open up remote areas.

The present line between Belgrave and Gembrook, through the forests, fern gullies and farmlands of the magnificent Dandenong Ranges, is the major part of the line which opened on 18 December 1900 and operated over 18.2 miles (29km) between Upper Ferntree Gully and Gembrook until 1953. In 1953, a landslide blocked the track and, because of operating losses, the line was closed the following year.

Public interest resulted in the formation of the Puffing Billy Preservation Society, whose volunteers, with the blessings of the Victorian State Government and the assistance of the Citizens’ Military Forces, by-passed the landslide and reopened the line to Menzies Creek in 1962, Emerald in 1965, Lakeside in 1975 and finally to Gembrook in October 1998.

Loco 861 was built in 1886 for the West Melbourne site of the Metropolitan Gas Company, as a four-wheel tank locomotive and named “John Benn”. It was withdrawn from service in the 1930s and stored until sold privately in 1962. It was rebuilt by its new owners in the style of an American locomotive of the 1880s and was used for some years at Walhalla. It currently has the name “J.C. Rees” and is used for the Puffing Billy 861 Footplate Experience and for Thomas The Tank Engine Days.

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  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98almost 3 years ago

    What a beauty – and what a thrill it would be to see it on one of it’s outings. Super photo and a great write up.

  • Thanks Peter. The original shot was posted a year ago but it looked rather flat so I decided to replace it with this hdr version. Glad you like it. We are in Melbourne in June so i am sure our grandson will want a return visit to the Puffing Billy and I only need the slightest excuse to return. Not long to your Tassie visit now Peter. Enjoy!

    – TonyCrehan

  • Fran53
    Fran53almost 3 years ago

    Wow – interesting treatment Tony!

  • Glad you think so Fran. The hdr makes some static images really dynamic. Tony:)

    – TonyCrehan

  • maggie326
    maggie326almost 3 years ago

    wow wow wow Awesome Image Tony Fantastic capture .. great info also

  • Thanks for your great comment Maggie and for adding this to your favourites. Happy Easter. Tony:)

    – TonyCrehan

  • Jamie  Green
    Jamie Greenalmost 3 years ago

    Superb work Tony

  • Thanks very much Jamie.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsalmost 3 years ago


    Grat capture and processing

  • Thanks for your encouraging comment Karen. Tony:)

    – TonyCrehan

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 3 years ago

  • Thanks Audrey.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Dave Callaway
    Dave Callawayalmost 3 years ago

    The HDR has brought this out superbly.. excellent work Tony.. :-))

  • Thanks for adding this to your favourites and generous comment Dave. Yes, the red and green colours are very good for contrast hdr.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsalmost 3 years ago

    GREAT HDR TREATMENT! Love this Tony!

  • Thanks for adding this to your favourites Debbie. I am glad you like the contrasting hdr treatment. Happy Easter. tony:)

    – TonyCrehan

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenalmost 3 years ago

    Excellent work mate..cheers.

  • Thanks very much for your fave and comment Wazza. Happy Easter Mate. Tony

    – TonyCrehan

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Dalealmost 3 years ago

    Lovely illustrative outcome Tony

  • Thank you for viewing and commenting Rosalie. Tony:)

    – TonyCrehan

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