Catching the XPT

The last time I caught the XPT was probably in the mid-1980s. The XPT, by the way, is the “express train” between Brisbane and Sydney. And when I say “express train”, I don’t mean Chinese style/speed trains. It’s more “leisurely”, taking around 14-15 hours for roughly 900km.

When I was a child, we lived only about 100m from the railway line, and it was a regular thing for me to go out and wave to the passengers on the trains that came through daily.… Read the rest “Catching the XPT”

Mortuary Station

I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve walked past Sydney’s “Mortuary Station” and wanted to jump over the fence and take a closer look.

In the days before the car became popular, people (both the living and the dead) would travel to Sydney’s Rookwood Cemetery by train, leaving from what was known as the Regent Street Station, or Mortuary Station.… Read the rest “Mortuary Station”