When we were driving to Maldon the other day on the way into town we went past the train station and decided that when we were leaving, we would stop and take a look. I can’t tell you how glad we were that we did.
We stopped there and walked around the station and had a look at lots of things, and once we got on the platform we could see some carriages across from the station. They were very old ones, the ones I remember travelling in as a child. They haven’t been around for about 20 years. It was like walking down memory lane.
This is an wheelbarrow for moving suitcases. I love how the old stations have these on them. In the background you can see the old red rattlers.
No, not Thomas the Engine, but maybe Thomasina, it is fun though, and you see it next to the station and it really stands it. It was really this that caught our attention as we went past.
When you look at the station, or just the station house, you have no idea about what trains go there, if any at all. The we happened upon Mick, he is the Workshop Supervisor and we ended up seeing more than we expected. It seems that one of the things that make this station special is that they run steam trains. As you can see from the above image there are lots of steam engines.
This is one of the older ones that still needs to be restored. They are all part of the Victorian Goldfields Railway. I saw a sign inside the station that had prices for the train, but I wasn’t sure if they were current, but Mick informed me that the trains do indeed run, Sundays and Wednesdays. We really want to go back and catch the train another time. Though, we think we might wait until early winter. Mick said the trains, the steam and all that are at their best when it is cold. I really want to see that, see it with my camera.
We were allowed to go up into the engine and shown how it all works. It is so good to meet someone who is so passionate about what they do, and his passion was infectious, he certainly made us want to know more, and to come back.
I can’t help thinking that riding on these trains would be like a blast from the past. It is fantastic to see the old trains being restored and used. There was something very different travelling on those trains.
Apparently if you want to experience a real train day, then go to Southern Cross Station in the city, catch a Bendigo train, get off at Castlemaine, then you can catch the train to Maldon, spend a couple of hours in Maldon, before travelling back to Castlemaine and catching the train back to Melbourne.
If you want to go to Maldon the website Maldon Inc can help you out with all the information you would need. If you want to find out more about the train station and their trains, then take a look at Victorian Goldfields Railway. If you love trains, then you will be in heaven here.
I took most of my photos in the middle of the day, on a summers day in Australia. They are bright and it was hard to get good exposures. I would recommend you go either early morning, or late afternoon. I don’t know for sure, but I suspect you might get a sunrise or sunset down the tracks, which could be spectacular. Though, having said all that, I would think winter, on a day when the train is running would be the best, even ideal.
I used a very low ISO for most of the shots, except inside the engine. Most images had an aperture around f/13, though for the close ups inside I had the aperture set at f/2.8. I used the 24-70mm lens again, though it would have been nice to have a macro lens for the shots I was attempting. I also wish I had used my wide angle for some shots, and think when I go back I will use that as well.
I am going to put together a gallery now, a lot of images, but I was having trouble culling.