Longreach by Train for some NBC_ers travel blog

mile after mile of dry dry DRY

a brief stop in Barcaldine allows time for a coffee to solve...

oh oh! the coffee has kicked in. He's even got an open...

the cattle train we waited so long for

yep! that's our locomotive on the other side of the valley -...

time for a chat and some tea in the old Sunlander dining...

YAY - finally got my photo allocation back!!!!

Jan and I were reflecting again yesterday how relaxing this holiday has been compared to how our usual holidays in the cvan go when we are on the move from place to place and endeavouring to see as much as possible within a limited time.

I must be excited about going home, I didn’t sleep too well last night but we were up at 6:45 this morning and on Zoom at 7:30 for the prayer gathering. The bags were packed and taken over to the station (just across the road) and we were all sitting around chatting until it was time to board the train at about 9:45. It left on the dot of 10:00am. Next stop is Barcaldine about midday. Fortunately they arrived early so we had 35mins to get out and stretch. We checked out the bakery for French Vanilla Slices, the Craft shop and looked at fabrics, and the local gift shop where we picked up some melting moments after looking at the local art work. Back on the train without delays until we got to the top of the Drummond Range where we had to wait almost a half hour for a westbound empty cattle train. As if that wasn’t enough making us a half hour late into Emerald, we waited a further 15 mins outside of Emerald for an unknown reason. Our cabin started to quieten down after the lights were put out at 9:10pm. I’ve finished the two books I brought away with me so I’ll do some reading of an old 2015 RM Williams Outback magazine (their 100th issue) picked up in the craft shop for a $1.

There was a storm south of Blackwater late tonight. It was a long distance away but was still very fascinating to watch. Discomfort plagued us both again but we eventually dropped off sometime after the Rockhampton loco shuffle - (about 1:00am).

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