All Aboard the Blues Train

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Steam train “Special 1079” (numbers) Is a very special heritage train and has been puffing along for 150 years (more numbers) and is now used for special excursions and, in March, I had booked for an excursion to the Glasshouse Mountains in search of the “blues”. (If you are a train buff and would like more information go here)


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The passengers milled around, the excitement was palpable. The train guard kept us all behind the yellow line till it was time to board.

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Do you remember these old trains? Shiny, hard leather seats, racks for the luggage, room to move around and windows that opened to let in the fresh air tinged with smoke,smut and cinders!!!

Time to settle down, get to know the passengers around you and take a photo or two.

One complimentary glass of wine, beer or soft drink was included with the price. After this first drink there was plenty more at a price $9 per, small, glass of wine or beer…

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So with the windows open, wind in the hair and wine in hand the journey began.

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With 6 carriages and over 150 people (more numbers) it would be a fun journey. Blues musicians entertained in each carriage. The train was rocking and rolling along.

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This lovely lady and her backing guitarist belted out the blues in our carriage, she was good, a strong husky, blues voice and sang all popular songs. Really set the atmosphere. And look at that figure…

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The joint is jumping…

The scenery swished by lit by the late afternoon sun and for a while I stood on the open deck, outside the carriage, watching the world go by

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Then the unusual shaped Glasshouse Mountains, glowing in the late afternoon golden light, came into view. We are almost there.

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The Glasshouse Mountains Tavern is next to the railway station and everyone heads for the bar.

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It is a bit like the old-time six o’clock swill. (Who remembers those days?) Standing 2 and 3 deep waiting to be served, the barmaids are going as fast as they can. Then find a seat and wait for the “gourmet” bar-b-q to be served.

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Here it comes…

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Here it goes…

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It is a beautiful balmy night and some people find a table outside.

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But I heard they breed large, hungry mosquitoes around here. One of my new friends had brought her mossie repellent and I, gratefully, used it too. Then found a seat inside.

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Now we had a 2 hour blues show. Just look at this blues singer, she really looked the part and she could belt out the blues.

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We shared a table with Rob and his partner and made an instant connection with them. Lots in common to talk about. I went over to get another drink and when I got back to the table the music had started and Jack and our new friend could not resist the rhythm so they became part of the show…

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Jack loves to dance and in New Zealand, when he followed many of the blues musicians over there, he became known as the “detonator” he would be the first one to start dancing, then every one would join in dancing. So it was this time. At the next song the floor was filled with grooving, happy people.


I was surprised how many times numbers popped up in this post. So I am linking it to Ben’s photo challenge of numbers.

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29 thoughts on “All Aboard the Blues Train

  1. Joan and Terry Watson

    That looks so very good, we love the train, took a trip to Longreach a few months ago, by train but of course not steam, I have heard of this one, where do you book for that one, does it leave from Brisbane? the travel bureau should pay you for those pics, to show people what it is like, they are so good.


  2. Such a fun and exciting journey 🙂


  3. Pauline, this looks so much fun. I did a similar trip with John, and Ben and his partner, a couple of years ago. It was part of Art Deco weekend and we all dressed in period costume. It was heaps of fun!


  4. jmacindoe

    Great collection. Looks like it was a great ride!


  5. we don’t got no singin ladies on da durango silverton train or the chama train here but we gots 2 old trains to ride on .is pert kewl yes indeed, riding on the old trains! 🙂


  6. What a fun train ride, and day!


  7. You’ve got me tapping my toes, Pauline. 🙂 Thank you so much for the cheery post. I had a touch of grumps this afternoon. No good reason. Is there ever? 🙂 🙂 They do a similar thing on the Esk Valley line to Whitby but I doubt there’s so much food around. I must try it sometime. Good old Jack. He would cheer me up for sure. 🙂 🙂 Hugs, sweetheart!


    • Hope the grumps have gone Jo. Could it be the weather? We are back up to 26deg, 5 above average, it is perfect sunny weather and does make me feel happy. Wish I could send you some. I love train rides, I’m sure the Esk one would be fun.


  8. I love trains. Add blues, booze, and those amazing mountains, and it looks like a winning combination. Although I have to say that your car’s entertainer looked more Klondike dance hall than blues!


    • I agree our blues lady certainly had a different style of dressing. If I had her figure I think I would wear that outfit too. Then maybe not…. Train travel is a favourite way to travel for me.


  9. What a fun outing, Pauline! I can just imagine that steam train jumping along the tracks, to the rhythm of the Blues ringing out from each carriage. Such great entertainment. 🙂


  10. Does that feel like a lot of fun…..


  11. I enjoyed seeing the old steam train and the natural scenery especially! It looks like you had fun, Pauline! 😄


  12. Wow – I love trains. I want to ride that one!


  13. This looks fantastic! There are so many things here I liked (the girl’s boots on the train, the singer on the train). The glasshouse mountains are fantastic – but I think my favourite is Jack busting a move! 😀


  14. What a great combination, the train, the music, and the Glasshouse mountains….I thought that area was absolutely beautiful when we saw it years ago, must be due for another visit. Good on Jack for getting up to dance, music is so good for getting people together.


  15. How fun that trip looked. What an amazing experience. Thanks for sharing.


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