WED - 14th Oct - enroute Rockhampton to Barcaldine
At various places there are signs of recent rain in the last few days. Also saw a couple of brolgas moving away from near the train line. There were several long stretches of slow travel - one of the staff had indicated that prolonged heat causes buckling of rails requiring a slower speed to navigate those areas. Also came across a couple of large work gangs working on the rails requiring a slower speed. Crossing the Drummond Range after we passed through Anakie was a long very slow climb.
Several of us got out of the train at Alpha to stretch legs and it was starting to rain - Gibsons must be on holidays !!!! It didn’t last long - just enough so it was evident on our shirts. On through Jericho which brought back memories of a coach tour with Ron’s brother Jim when we all camped overnight on the banks of the Jordan River in the town of Jericho.