Film: 516

Railways | 1960 | Sound | Colour


Railways in Tasmania Australia 1960's

A very nicely filmed record of a three day rail excursion for over 80 railway enthusiasts celebrating the old locomotives used in Tasmania on narrow gauge line in the lightly populated mining west.

A young station master wearing a cap and uniform walks up to a blackboard on a railway station, under the word Departures TVT6 he writes "presents Last Train". The Princess of Tasmania lies docked at Devonport Wharf, just across the water, a steam train pulls into the quaint station, it is a H class locomotive. Men in sports jackets line the station. A man stands between the buffers as the train carriages are joined. The smoke from the old locomotive pours out, obscuring the top of the nearby power line, the old black locomotive stands on the track by the overhead water tank. /The huge iron connecting rod slowly moves and turns the wheels man stands in the doorway of the coal car, another puts his head out of the engine room. Passengers lean out of the carriage windows, the guard wearing a railway cap
leans out of the guards van. Two old Victorian double storey shops in Devenport, Kenworthy's Drapery and Clothing, Boots, in front is parked a Morris Minor, and a move photographer films the scene. The train passes through a railway crossing on a quite city street, there are only lights and no boom gates on the crossing, cars are parked on the street. The camera keeps ahead of the fast moving train on a road beside the rail tracks. A close-up of a railway crossing sign and railway crossing lights, the train approaches the crossing in pretty country side, near Devenport. A side shot of the train, the camera is at the rear of the train and held out of a window as the train rounds a bend the front carriages and locomotive is moving towards the camera up a light incline, it belches black smoke as it travels through pretty undulating countryside. The train passes by. Inside, the railway enthusiasts prepare for their three day excursion on the last steam locomotive ride. The train passes over an iron bridge on a pretty river to reach Deloraine. A close-up of the railway station sign "Deloraine". The big 110 ton H class has been uncoupled and the CTS locomotive sits steaming up, the carriages sit at the platform of the country Deloraine station, and some of the passengers wander about along the tracks taking photos. There is a close up of the tracks as they are moved. The carriages are joined to the CTS locomotive. The train is coupled and moves away. The CTS moves through a pretty station in picturesque Tasmanian countryside. The driver stands at the engine controls, possibly a volunteer shovels coal into the fire box, another man films from the locomotives right window. The train travels through pretty country. A photographer holds an odd contraption that combines two SLR cameras with different lenses to his eye to take two photos simultaneously of the train as it passes over a road crossing. From the road, the train is filmed crossing, the photographers and their Falcon car are in the foreground. A lovely shot of the locomotive passing in front of a large gum tree, and through timbered and cleared country-side, nice detail of the locomotive, an enthusiast sits on the top of the coal in the coal car, and has a view of the driver below him. A side view of the locomotive from the divers window. The black CTS locomotive crosses a small country unsealed road and a long stack of cut timber.

Mole Creek Hotel is an old brick two storey building with rusty corrugated iron roof, and a petrol pump at t he front, it is close to the station and all they passenger enthusiasts are out of the train, cars are parked about. The CTS locomotive is to be turned, it is watched by two young boys, the diver and the Mole Creek Station master as it proceeds on to the outdoor turntable, the CTS was built in 1905 by Beyer/Peacock in Manchester, in 1926 the locomotives on the Tasmanian railways were rebuilt at the Launceston workshop and fitted with superheating. As the turntable turns, all the enthusiasts stand around and watch, some stand on the top of the carriages to take photos. The enthusiasts help a railway employee pull the turntable with the 56 tons of locomotive 180 degrees so that it faces the opposite direction. The locomotive is moved easily. A close-up shows the cattle-guard on the front of the locomotive and the turn tables tracks align with the fixed railway tracks, and the CTS locomotive is driven off the turntable, the "driver" grins out of his window. Filmed from the top of the coal bank, the train steams towards a small country town, cows graze in paddocks. The camera looks backwards front he top of the coal box, two railway enthusiasts sit ton the coal and the train has passed through the little town. An enthusiast rides on the footplate, the platform in the cab of the locomotive. The camera is held down parallel to the top of the coal car, the lightly timbered country provides a pleasant backdrop. More sequences from the top of the coal car forwards over the engine, and to the rear. A couple of enthusiasts stand on the footplate, one leans out of the "window" and films forward. In the carriage, a railway enthusiast manipulates the film in his small amateur movie camera. A man stands beside the CTS locomotive, it uncouples from the carriages. The H class locomotive is attacked to the carriages, a railway employee stands between the buffers as the carriages and locomotive move together. A shot of an enthusiast as he films. The H class pulls the carriages along, through the countryside. A high shot of the H class locomotive pulling the carriages, towards an old rudimentary railway bridge over a creek, in the country side behind the train, cars cross a railway crossing after the train passes.

A sign with "Emu Bay Railway Co Pty Ltd Burnie" sits above the door of the station at Emu Bay. The buffers of a locomotive move forward to meet those of the carriages. The station master couples the locomotive to the carriage. A panning shots shows the locomotive is one of the few surviving Garrett locomotives in the world; at the rear the train enthusiasts wait on the platform, a man walks along the tracks beside the train. There is a close-up of the metal G16 plate on t he Garratt's side. It has rolled into the station the enthusiasts move about, taking photos etc. The ugly Garratt locomotive moves along the tracks slowly, its two engines visible, men stand on the footplate, smoking, the Garratt is a double ended engine. The locomotive pulls the passenger carriages along. The wheels of the 1944 Australian built Garratt spin as the connecting rods move up and down quickly. Inside the driver stokes coal into the fire box. The locomotive pulls the carriages along with great speed. The camera films the engine from the drivers window, they are traveling over swamp-like grasslands. The camera is on the tracks, the Garratt approaches and passes it at great speed. The Garratt powers up an incline, a nice shot with large trees n the other side of the train. An overhead water tank sits on a strong tank stand, a rail worker puts the canvas hose into the engine, the train stands at a small town, people stand about cars as if they have come especially to see the Garratt. The train enthusiasts stand in a group and take photos, there is one female in the party! A buffer moves away from the camera. The Garratt locomotive pulls the carriages over a small country road crossing, the cameraman stands overhead on the previously seen tank stand, in the distance is a farm house, and a like or large dam.

In the engine a couple of enthusiasts stand on the footplate with the driver. A view from within the engine looking forward. The driver stands silhouetted in the doorway. A male enthusiast looks out of the window. The train comes through a cutting in a hillside, tracks converge and diverge, black smoke puffs from the trains chimney. The train pulls all the carriages the driver looks out his window, the camera sweeps by on the driver, and follows the train as it moves forward. It passes a diesel locomotive. The train sweeps around a hillside as it enters the country town of Rosemary. A low shot of the wheels of the train. A train enthusiast looks out the window of the guards van. The train has stopped and all the train enthusiast passengers have left the carriages and they are walking over an old steel railway bridge built over a deep gorge in the thick rainforest. A view of the gorge and the river flowing below, the camera pans upwards as the train passes regally over the bridge and seems to appear to revel in having its photo taken; the camera moves down again and shows the water far below. An example of a deforested area, part of the bush that has been flooded, dead tree trunks stand in the water, beside the rail track. The train winds around a misty swampy plain. The train pulls into Zeehan. A view of the connecting rod running the wheels as the train pulls into Zeehan. Zeehan Station is a group of ramshackle buildings, a young man leans desultorily against one of the walls near the platform. The railway men stand on the tracks at the front of the cooling down G16. A view of the trains wheels from under the locomotive. There is a sequence of close-up shots of various parts of the engine, valves, wheels of the heavy iron machinery. The deserted main street of Zeehan resembles a ghost town, with the old two storey Federal hotel in the main street. In the background, a misty-topped mountain frames the view of one of the old ramshackle houses of Zeehan, the junk in the overgrown yard and the old truck tray in the font of the house. Two little girls walk past an old weatherboard house that is badly in need of painting, incongruously for the times, there is a television antenna on the roof. An unflattering view of the township from a swampy area. The deserted road leading into the old silver town of Zeehan, which has a mix of old buildings belonging to a more optimistic past and the recent economically depressed time. Another view of the main street of Zeehan and the Federal Hotel. The end of the line for the G16 and the almost deserted township of Zeehan.

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