Weekend Photo Challenge: Relic: All Steamed Up

070713 Train Creighton to Riverside 105 070713 Train Creighton to Riverside 037For the Weekend Photo Challenge comes this relic of a bygone age, but still doing its thing during the annual Aloe Festival.

© Colonialist July 2014 (WordPress)

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37 Responses to Weekend Photo Challenge: Relic: All Steamed Up

  1. Glorious engine. And the sunlight hits it so beautifully.


  2. Pussycat44 says:

    The “chook-chook”used to come past ‘Toti on weekends. I think it was called the Banana Express.
    Does the train from Kloof station still run?


  3. adeeyoyo says:

    Really beautiful!


  4. Great photos of this wonderful old steam engine. 🙂


  5. melouisef says:

    Wonderful old relic indeed! Which time of the year?


  6. what a great shot with the steam just billowing.


  7. Got to love a steamy old relic 🙂


  8. calmgrove says:

    Never understood the romance of steam trains: the station perpetually wreathed in gloom; all that smut when you put your head out the window; your hands filthy when you went from one carriage to another from touching the concertina sides every time the train lurched; the mixed smell of wet steam and coal smoke; the diddly-dee-diddly-dum of the old tracks a constant riff; the whistle of the engine either in warning or sheer exuberance…


  9. Arkenaten says:

    I read ‘Relic’ and like kragenhai, expected a Selfie. 😉
    But the train post is pretty good!


  10. Colline says:

    I would love to take a ride in one of those relics!


  11. misswhiplash says:

    I remember as a child watching the steam train from the bridge and once it had arrived, racing across to the otherside of the road to see it puff along. Waving to the passengers as it passed the fields, sitting on the fence and just waiting for the next one to come along.
    That does not happen now..what is interesting about electric trains..nowt!


    • colonialist says:

      Actually, trains have a fascination for the young regardless. The grandkids are fascinated even by diesel locomotives.
      I still recall the romance of three-day journeys undertaken in trains drawn by steam engines.


  12. kragenhai says:

    So the challenge is “relic”. Sorry, I can’t take part. I don’t have any selfies.


  13. Millie Ho says:

    Very good capture. It’s interesting that you keep a photo equal parts land vs. above/sky.


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