September 25th 2020 (click on the arrows to see more photos)
Change of procedure -
Sadly, the new Government restrictions have created a great deal of confusion and loss of confidence, so we had to change the plan for this date.
We held a meeting online via Zoom (safe, warm and legal !) The planned presentation with David Peel will be re-scheduled for the following year.
There was instead a Fun Railway Quiz (run by Phil Benstead, who ran the July Zoom meeting so well). Invitations and further info were sent to members.
For those who made it to their computer monitors, we had a most enjoyable time, and appreciated that Phil had done some serious research to provide us with a fascinating evening.
Dave Peel was to have presented "Preserved Railways in Australia "
Dave Peel lived in Perth, Western Australia (WA) in 1984 and travelled extensively within the country. Hence most sites of railway interest were seen that year; subsequent visits only providing a small number of additional venues.
There are several active preserved tourist lines, notably the Zig-Zag line; Cairns – Kuranda; Puffing Billy and Pichi-Richi in the eastern states, along with the Hotham Valley (in WA) and the Don River (in Tasmania).
Aditionally there are museums in Melbourne and Perth, with working depots at Thirlmere, Cowra, Mount Barker and Peterborough. Keen volunteers travel long distances to keep operations going!
Xmas meal - bookings may need to be made soon, if a venue can be found to accommodate us under the current restrictions.
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