Sunday, 31 January 2010

Monochrome Weekend - Coal Creek, Vic


Coal Creek is a recreated community on the outskirts of Korumburra, about 120 kms east of Melbourne. Recreating the life of a community that sprang up around the mines in the second half of the 19th century, it contains an unrestored steam engine, the Titus Griffiths, K169.


A member of the Monochrome Weekend community.

29 comments:

Tash said...

Evocative photos of an era gone by. Love the crisp details in the first.

Tulsa Gentleman said...

Great old steam locomotive. When I was a boy I lived in a small town that was the intersection for 3 railroads. I remember listening to the steam whistles blow their way through town. Then a few years later the steam engines were retired and replaced with diesels with their harsh dissonant blare. An era gone.

Jo said...

Great images, Julie. I also lived alongside a railroad and we were the first of three houses when entering our small town. The steam engines would blow their piercing whistles as they past our house day and night. When I married and moved away, it took me many months to sleep without the sound of regular steam engines passing. Thanks for the memory.

brattcat said...

After spending four of the past ten days on a train I thought I never wanted to see another again, but this, Julie, dear, made me remember trains can be quite beautiful.

Julie said...

Four of the past ten days on a train. You went from Vermont to Floriday, Brattcat which is about 1500 miles. The journey that I undertook from Sydney to Melbourne is only 900km (560 miles). That is a long time indeed on a train. Closer to the journey that the Ghan makes from Adelaide to Darwin which is 3000 kms (1865 miles).

zem said...

Great tones.

Birdman said...

Julie-
Love these train rail shots

Vicki said...

Wow! Just wow...

Elenka said...

I love your photos from the previous post....I wish that was in my backyard.

Ann said...

Great texture in the first one. Old trains are quite special.

Three Rivers, Michigan said...

The top one has so much texture and reflection - looks heavy and rough and old. I love anything to do with steam locomotives. As you have captured here, all the parts are in a place where art meets technology; seeing them run at speed is a joy. Perhaps some day the Titus Griffiths will run again.

Beautiful shots, both of them.
Three Rivers Daily Photo

Carolyn said...

Just want to echo the sentiments above. Love the tonality and your framing.

Bill said...

Great shots. I can just smell and hear the old steam engine.

diane said...

A good strong subject for monocrome.Choo, choo, choo

SquirrelQueen said...

Excellent shots for monochrome. Hopefully the train will be restored to her former glory.

Robin said...

I love the simplicity and texture of the first image.

Paula said...

I love to see these old chuggers, every train trip I've ever taken has been a happy one. Too bad this one doesn't run.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Old machinery is perfect for B&W ... not only harks back to their era but they have all those wonderful shapes ... good choice.

mononeil said...

A perfect subject for b&w and a perfect capture in b&w. Nice one

Calico Crazy said...

Those wheels were meant for b&w. ~ Calico Contemplations

Gena D said...

Hi Julie - I love the train wheel monochrome - the detail is so perfectly suited to monchrome!!! Also love your refelction shot with the bridge - excellent capture!
Gena @ Thinking Aloud
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michael bird said...

Powerful photos depicting the power of the machine under your lens.

awarewriter said...

Marvelous shots Julie. The dark tones in the first and the sheer power of the drivers in the second.

Greyscale Territory said...

Old shapes and textures create wonderful monochrome subjects! This is delightful!

TheChieftess said...

Love the train wheels!!

Dragonstar said...

Steam engines are full of wonderful shapes. I love the second one!

Johnny Nutcase said...

Really nice photos, Julie. The black and white fits perfectly with them. Love your composition pick for the photos!

Ann said...

Check out Aileni's blog - we both made the wall - congrats!

MyMaracas said...

Love the first one, especially. It has such a mysterious, painterly quality to it, and the detail of the textures is so crisp. Nice shots.