This Egge's Adventure

From New York City, a day in my life. I have no idea what I'll write day to day, but living here, I'm bound to have something to talk about!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Our Great Train Ride WITH PHOTOS!!

Finally! I am able to post pictures. Here are the photos from our Indian-Pacific train ride from Sydney to Perth. I'll put another posting up with more photos from this week and our time in Sydney in a few minutes.

The train! There were 15 cars on the train that included the engine, luggage car, daynighter cars (think airplane seats), 4 or 5 sleeper cars, 2 lounge cars, 2 diner cars, and 2 cars on the end for passenger vehicles.

Our 'berth' by day. It was two rather comfy arm chairs with a wall table. We had a sink and running water that folded down from the wall behind the door. Sorry the picture isn't so great. We were standing against the wall across the hall from our room. What does that tell you about how much space we had?

Our 'berth' by night. The bottom bed folds down from the wall (one chair folds over, the other acts as a footboard). The top bed then lowers down from about a foot from the ceiling. It can only be lowered when the bottom bed is folded down. The ladder made too much noise during the night. Brian first tried to sleep with it but found it took up too much room in his bed. We eventually managed to carefully squeeze it under the bottom bed. We usually found ourselves in bed early, this was for 2 reasons: 1) Once it was dark, the amazing scenery was gone, nothing left to see and 2) The train manager would usually start making announcements and playing commentary between 5:30 and 6am--and we had no way to turn it off!

A view of the eastern side of the Blue Mountains from our window. They're quite amazing--they are called the Blue Mountains because the trees look blue--they are Eucalyptus trees and give off a blue haze.

Brian is watching for kangaroos from our berth window. He sat like this for several hours throughout the trip--kind of like a kid waiting for Santa Claus! Fortunately, we saw 6 or 7 kangaroos (see picture below!)


Entering Western Australia. This part of the train ride is considered to be the longest stretch of straight railway in the world. I can believe it! It was actually the smoothest part of the trip too! This was the 'red' part of the outback. Other parts were yellow and/or had more trees.

We're planning to take my dad here when he visits next month. Bring your clubs Dad! You might want to practice with your wedge though. . .seems to be a lot of sand to get around. . . :)

The "Super Pit" in Kalgoorlie, WA. They are drilling holes in the ground so that in a few hours they can blast and mine for gold. This is a nightly procedure at the Super Pit.

Our last morning on the train. This is the dining car. . .they served cold "snack" meals as well as hot meals. Surprisingly not your typical 3 day junk food binge--quite good food for transportation food!

Driving away from the train. . .our first experience driving "on the wrong side of the road". Not as difficult as it seems. The biggest challenge is not turning the windshield wipers on whenever you need to use your turn signal. 5 days into it, we're still struggling with that one!


Anonymous Jenny said...

good pictures! wow! I can't believe Australia looks just like Wyoming. minus the kangaroos.

Thank you guys for the flowers,too.

11/20/2006 11:14 PM  
Anonymous Rocky Arnold said...

Great to see the train and the scenery. I'm currenly listening to Bill Bryson's book on his travels through Australia. He does a fantastic job describing the scenes, but it's great to see it first-hand! I'm glad you finally saw kangaroos Brian after waiting for hours.


12/03/2006 10:17 PM  
Blogger Jess (fushmush) said...

hi! I found your site through 43places. As an Australian currently living overseas, it's great to read of your experiences of moving to Australia.

I especially sympathise with your driving frustrations. Learning to use the indicators and not the windscreen wipers was the hardest thing for me too when I drove in the states! Just wait until you go home, you'll have to relearn all over again.

- jess

2/14/2007 10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad that you guys enjoyed your train trip. My Wife and I did the same trip a few years ago and really enjoyed it. We loved all the interesting people you would meet in the lounge and dining cars.

Hope all is well in Australia for you both.

Shane and Monica Sydney.

11/13/2007 11:20 PM  

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