Wanderlust 2 – vintage railways and a windmill

*Also sending this to Fiesta Friday 22 at Angie’s, this time with a messenger monkey! I think he likes anything and everything food and drink, and sometimes cameras*

A few years ago, I discovered a book called “100 great books in haiku” by David Bader. Witty, sometimes plain funny, it was a great way to while away an afternoon.

For Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, party of the haiku was:

“roadde trippe!” (the rest, appropriately for Chaucer, was a tad demi-scatological…)

Ever since then, before every road trip, I always said to myself, “roadde trippe!” (childish, isn’t it?)

I said the same thing before heading off to Myanmar. And before our regional NSW road trip during the Easter/Anzac Day break. So in the spirit of road tripping and wanderlusting, here are some more photos from that trip (the first lot of photos are here).

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This trip unexpectedly became a journey around historic railway monuments in our regional centres. Some were sad relics. Like these wooden truss bridges in Gundagai. What a project! The bridges spanned the Murrumbidgee River flood plains (by the way, isn’t Murrumbidgee a great-sounding word that just wants to roll around your tongue?). The first was the Prince Alfred at 922 meters, which formed part of the Old Hume Highway. The second was part of the Gundagai to Tumut railway at 819 meters.

But the engineering ambition was greater than the size of the public purse, or something. These bridges fell into disrepair later in the century.

Despite some equally ambitious, perhaps utopian, restoration plans, they remain crumbling and fenced off with no public access. The sign described the pair of bridges as a ‘managed ruin’. Poetic, more than a little sad, especially in the twilight hours.

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There were other, less ruined, signs of the great Victorian age of railways. Gundagai had a railway connection that was maybe part of the Sydney-Melbourn line? In any case, it still boasts the longest wooden train station in the state. I guess people stopped building wooden train stations soon after the Gundagai one was complete? The again is now maintained by the local historic society, and it was a modest beauty looking onto neighbouring paddocks and hills.

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On the grand scale, at the heart of the interstate train universe, was Albury. Sitting on the state border, in an age when one state had narrow gauge railways and one had a different kind (um, broad gauge??), Albury was where passengers had to change trains.

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And on a non-railway note, we also came across a windmill, built by a German no less! (This was near Cooma, not Albury)

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Stay tuned for the third and last part of this road trip (if I can find another 5 star hotel with free wifi this afternoon), when we get to the Snowy Mountains and surrounds. And climb the tallest mountain in Australia!

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14 thoughts on “Wanderlust 2 – vintage railways and a windmill

  1. apuginthekitchen 28 June 2014 at 10:04 am Reply

    Incredible photo’s!!

  2. Michelle 28 June 2014 at 10:20 am Reply

    Few things better than a roadde trippe!

  3. Margot 28 June 2014 at 6:57 pm Reply

    Saucy, what a beautiful collection of photos showing off our rural side! Some stunning images you’ve taken there! 🙂 Great to see it looking so fertile and green too!

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  5. cookingwithauntjuju.com 29 June 2014 at 2:38 am Reply

    Scary looking bridges but great pictures !!!

  6. Butter, Basil and Breadcrumbs 29 June 2014 at 4:24 am Reply

    Oh my gosh… the bridges are so beautiful…even if they are a managed ruin… so sad, but so beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing Saucy. ❤

  7. Elaine @ foodbod 29 June 2014 at 4:49 am Reply

    Hi Saucy, what wonderful photos, we are very big railway fans in this house ☺️ The bridges are amazing! Thank you so much for bringing this post to Fiesta Friday 😀

  8. Mr Fitz 29 June 2014 at 9:40 am Reply

    That looks like “proper” stand by me!

  9. Liz 29 June 2014 at 2:07 pm Reply

    I love that you say “roadde trippe!” when you travel 🙂 There’s a long tunnel that connects a few freeways and I remember my mom playing a game where those in the car say “tunnnnnnnnneeeeeeelllll” as long as their breath holds out, hopefully as long as the tunnel. And I still do that with my kids. It’s the little things.

    Glad the trip goes well. Thanks for sharing your photos.

  10. A Home Cook 29 June 2014 at 5:54 pm Reply

    I grew up not far from Gundagai. It’s a lovely old bridge. It’s just so sad that most of the wooden bridges from that era fell into disrepair. There are very few left at all now.

  11. lapetitecasserole 30 June 2014 at 12:47 am Reply

    Saucy your photos are amazing, some of them gave me a thrill!

  12. Sylvia @superfoodista.com 30 June 2014 at 6:20 am Reply

    Wow, wonderful photos!!

  13. Patty Nguyen 30 June 2014 at 1:30 pm Reply

    I love that sunset shot. So pretty!

  14. MB@Bourbon and Brown Sugar 1 July 2014 at 6:46 am Reply

    Keep the roadde trippe notes coming! They are wonderful!

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