Thursday, June 30, 2011

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

NSW Jewish War Memorial

Same building as yesterday, just a long shot. Easy to miss as it is on a side street.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

Green Park Hotel

Looks like a fine hotel and the Victor Chang Institute in the background.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Fire Brigade - Firey's

Also a great group of unsung heroes, this is a station on Victoria St.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Postman - The Postie

Pushing a modern cart the Australia Post, in my opinion, is a reliable and essential service ... and still owned by the Government.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Footpath Stencils Sydney

Along the Bike Path there are some warning stencils, looks like Hannibal is in town.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Griffith Teas

Down near Central on Elizabeth Street is this old triangular building. Surprised it is not an apartment.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Cycle lane

Getting a bit of negative publicity at the moment are cycle lanes. Here are a few dedicated users in College Street next to Hyde Park.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Zig Zag No 1 Viaduct

View from a picnic ground of the No 1 Viaduct of the Great Zig Zag Railway.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Jurassic Park

In the Blue Mountains is the township of Mt Wilson.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Zig Zag Railway No.1 Viaduct

One of the sandstone viaducts (No. 1) of the Zig Zag Railway

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Semaphore Signals Zig Zag

Outside Top Points Signal Box. These are one of the few sets of semaphore signals still in operation in NSW. When the arm is horizontal it means Stop.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Inside the Signal Box

In order to change tracks points must be thrown by these levers in the correct sequence or the train might derail.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Staff for Staff Box

These staffs must be carried by a train driver in his cab to make sure there are no other trains in the section. Which one goes with yesterday's Staff Box?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Staff Box at Top Points

Inside the Signal Box. The key to stopping two trains colliding into the back of each other is a system. This box is known as a Staff Box. To travel ahead you must have the Staff (usually resting in the cradle in front of the Staff Box).

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Signal Box at Top Points on Zig Zag Railway

Below Clarence is Top Points Signal Box, Signal Boxes like this used to control the points and signals for NSW Railways for every section. Now a computer controlled screen at a few locations do the work of a hundred.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Thomas the Tank Engine

So this is where Thomas lives when he is not on TV, in the shed at Bottom Points on The Zig Zag Railway.
It is a BB18 1/4 class loco built in Marybourough, Queensland between 1955 and 1958. It is a narrow gauge locomotive, as are all the Zig Zag trains, this means they run on rails 3 foot 6 inches apart. Usually in NSW all trains run on standard gauge 4 foot 8 1/2 inches.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Zig Zag Railway Accident

Zig Zag Rail Volunteer giving talk at Top Points Station about a train accident that happened back in the early 1900's.

Sorry about the lack of posts, laid low by Bangkok belly, too weak to click a mouse.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Great Zig Zag Railway

One of the engineering wonders of Australia, this was designed to get the trains over the Blue Mountains that lie west of Sydney. Opened in 1869 and closed in 1910 when the rail traffic became too heavy and tunnels were built. It now is a narrow-gauge heritage railway which runs between 3 stations.

Monday, June 6, 2011


Spotted Gums on Pittwater