TUE - 13th Oct - depart Bne 6:10pm
The neighbours are shaking their heads and asking “are you trying to get away from us?” Well, I guess the answer is probably “yes” - but not because we don’t like it here. It’s been a great decision to come to Taigum.
Kaye came for a cuppa at 2:00pm so she would be in plenty of time to take us to the Carseldine Station for the 4:16 train to Roma St.- Local rail to Roma St is included in the cost of the Long Distance rail ticket price. For pensioners that comes to the huugeee sum of $25.00 each way. Catching the local train from Carseldine we even organised that all bar two were able to to travel together in the arranged “2nd last carriage”. Checkin is a simple process of weighing and tagging the cases, then hanging around on the platform until we could board at 5:30.
The train left on time at 6:10pm. 13 units long - - 3 locos, 4 sleeper cars (51 passengers max in total), a 1st class meals car, a 1st class lounge car, an economy class dining and server car, then the two sit-up cars for the “plebs”, cars F and G. With 12 of us taking up all of F carriage (normal capacity 36), and 2 in G carriage (normal capacity 48); they won’t make too much Covid profit this trip (every second row is empty, and only one person can sit on each side of the aisle).
We travelled express from Roma St to Caboolture passing through Petrie at 6:45, Narangba soon after and had our 1st stop at Caboolture at 7:03. And so we settled down for the long haul - 26 hours to Longreach with Rockhampton being the approximate half way point where we would turn west as the sun was almost up.
Jan wasn’t mucking about; she took one of the “bomb-me-out” pills and had about 5 hrs continuous sleep. Ron tried and tried but without much success, fighting the annoyance of ‘restless legs’ despite the fact that the train offers more leg room than the aircraft do between seats.
I (Ron) saw the stations of Gympie, Maryborough and sometime soon after that I dropped off into a light sleep.