The Ghosts of Walhalla

Jonathan Newton

Wantirna South, Australia

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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.

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