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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Day 2 on the Robertson Common

The famous steam locomotive 3801 came to Robertson again today. This train has been a regular visitor to Robertson in recent years. There had been some doubt about its continued visitation, when the 3801 Limited company lost control of the locomotive, in favour of the NSW Rail Transport Museum at Thirlmere. However, it came today, on a stunning clear blue-sky day in Robertson. Yes, it was windy, but at least it gave clear blue-sky backgrounds for photos of the train.Apparently 3801 is to be taken off the rails for the fitting of a new boiler (I tried to check this report, without success). So, it might be some time till she comes back to Robertson, but at least we have faith that she will return.
The mighty locomotive was certainly in fine working order today as seen by this burst of smoke and stem, just before she departed, this afternoon, for what would have been a fine afternoon run down the Mountain Line, to Wollongong, and then back to Sydney.
It appears that Harry Potter might have made a secret visit to Robertson today, on the 3801.
And in the main marquee, this afternoon, a little girl shared a quiet moment with Jane and Leon's lovely Rado, the Kelpie X Spaniel. He is a beautifully natured dog, as may be seen by the way in which he gently accepted this approach, unsupervised, by this little dog-lover. Unbeknown to both of them, I was keeping a watchful eye on them, and all was well, so I decided to record this gorgeous moment.Here Leon and Monica and another friend attended the REPS table of leaflets and brochures in the marquee.

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