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BELOW :  Central Station country platform entry area.

BELOW : Gauges in steam engine 3237.  

BELOW : The fired up coal of engine 3237.

BELOW : The steam train leaving Central station taking passengers for a return trip out to Clyde.

BELOW : One of the voluntary crew waving as the train departs from Central.

BELOW : The old carriages behind the steam engine, with travellers young and old inside.

BELOW : The logo on the side of one of the old electric train carriages which were open for the public to inspect at the platform. My friend Wikipedia tells me that the Latin “Orta Recens Quam Pura Nites” translates in English to "Newly risen, how brightly you shine".

BELOW : Only some of the carriages were Non-Smoking, in an 8 car set usually 4 were Smoking and 4 Non Smoking. On this carriage the windows lifted up and down and had adjustable sun shades inside.

BELOW : The Smoking carriages were just left un-labelled. This was a later style carriage with sliding windows, but sunshades were no longer included in your fare ! As above, the doors were manually operated by the passengers.

BELOW : This train remained stationary at the platform all day, and you could go into any of the carriages and be reminded of how basic were the carriages of this era.

BELOW : Here you see the green and white colour scheme of the day. The sun shades are partially lowered . The seat covering was a very hardy vinyl. (In what my mother would have described as a “serviceable colour”.)

BELOW : Another of the electric carriages, with a different colour scheme.

BELOW : This year they opened up he old Mortuary Station Platform as part of the weekend. This is a view taken from the footpath outside, on Regent Street.

BELOW : This view was taken once inside the station. It is looking from the western end of the platform, looking towards the east.

BELOW : A brief explanation of some of the history Mortuary Station.

BELOW : Inside the mortuary carriage, an area was set aside for the chief mourners.

BELOW : Part of the old mortuary carriages set. Mourners (and the coffin) were conveyed from Central  to Rookwood Cemetery station. This service operated between 1869 and 1938. Between 1938 and April 1948 it was only operated on weekends. !938 was the year that motor vehicles predominately began being used.

BELOW : Some of he story about steam engine 2705.

BELOW : Steam engine 2705 at the Mortuary Station platform.

BELOW : Some of the controls for the engine.

BELOW : The onboard coal supply for engine 2705.

BELOW : Back at the main Central station concourse, just outside is a display of vintage buses. This smiling driver is taking passengers on a short loop drive up to the QVB and back again, all for the bargain price of a gold coin donation.

BELOW : You may notice this red bus has a destination of Lewisham, however, you may also see this is a London Transport bus, so he has a long drive ahead to get to Lewisham in London.

BELOW : The bus controller is checking in with the driver as passengers embark and dis-embark.

BELOW : A view from the rear.

BELOW : A few buses that would have many stories to tell, if only they could speak !   

BELOW : A colour scheme that can probably be remembered by some ‘older’ commuters out there !

BELOW : Back when the air-conditioning on the bus was manually controlled by the passengers. (It was called a ‘window’ back in those days.)

BELOW : The O.H.&S. People would love this I am sure. This was the only access to the drivers cabin area of these old Double Decker buses.

BELOW : A rear view of a Double Decker.

BELOW : Hmmm . . I wonder how many times this regulation may have been overlooked.  

BELOW : There were plenty of buses, and plenty of customers for this trip down ‘memory lane’.

BELOW : The lovely old sandstone clock tower at Central Station.

BELOW : One of the old Leyland Atlantean buses.


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