IMPRISONED ON NORFOLK ISLAND
Australia - by Clare Gleeson
Norfolk Island, a self-governing territory of Australia is small, only 8 kms by 5kms. It was a popular holiday destination in the 1970s and 1980s. The shops are still there, now rather jaded, but what drew me to Norfolk was its history, in particular its history as a penal colony and as a second home for the Pitcairn Islanders.
THE GHAN TRAIN
Australia - by Keith Kellett
The train rarely got above 17 mph, even in the best of conditions. The railway people like to tell the story of the young lady who approached the conductor, and asked when the train would get into Alice Springs, for she was heavily pregnant, and didn't want to give birth on the train. 'You shouldn't have got on the train in that condition' reproved the conductor. 'When I got on the train' she replied 'I wasn't in this condition!'
THE MARY VALLEY RATTLER
All over the world, railways are coming out of use. But, in many cases, although they’re uneconomical, some people are reluctant to let them go, and form Preservation Societies, to maintain the trains and run the line. The main purpose is to show people how things used to be. I’ve seen many a child watching them in fascination, for, on an old-fashioned steam locomotive, you can actually see the working parts, and work out how they run.