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Ihave always loved trains. Whether this
originated from riding on a train when
I was a child, or watching Thomas the
Tank Engine for hours, I'm still not sure,
though meeting the Fat Controller one
school holidays was certainly a highlight
in my early years.
While I have enjoyed being the
passenger on a chugging train on many
occasions, the experience reminds me of
the peace I felt as a young girl staying
awake to hear the rumble of the goods
train as it passed through Adelaide.
I get a similar feeling as I relax back
into the comfy seat on Carriage 1 with
my travel companion for the day.
We are embarking on a journey, albeit a
short one, from Canberra to the delightful
Bungendore for the Canberra Historical
Railway Society's monthly Bungendore
Market Day Special. This trip takes place
on the third Sunday of each month,
leaving at 10.45am and arriving back in
Canberra at about 3.30pm.
The excitement I feel is shared and
displayed radiantly on the face of the little
boy opposite me. As the train departs
and starts to chug down the tracks, he
chuckles gleefully as the first 'toot toot' is
heard. Three-year-old Harry Budd, who
is on holiday from Melbourne, is being
treated to the trip by his grandfather Dale
Budd, a long-standing member of the
While Harry has been on one train
previously, he takes great delight in the
surrounds, especially when the windows
fog up with smoke when we travel
through the first tunnel.
MEREDITH CLISBY re-discovers her love of trains en route to Bungendore.
ALL ABOARD: Train driver
Keith Malcom looking on
from Locomotive 3016.
Travel along the tracks
Photos by Holly Treadaway.
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