Monday, April 28, 2008

A Thursday Train

One of the delights of living so close to our grandchildren is the opportunity to spend time with them during the school holidays, particularly for a special outing.
Last Thursday we travelled on a 100-year-old steam train to the small country town of Bungendore. The trip takes about 100 minutes each way and passes through a town, along gorges and through tunnels and open countryside.
The steam train is manned by volunteers who greet the passengers, and provide lots of information about the journey along the way. Their love of these old trains is very evident, and the children found it all really interesting, and provided us with a wonderful day out.
Grandpa Richard with Luca, Shay and Zoe waiting for .....

.... the train to arrive.

Prior to departure....

.... and all aboard (except for Grandma taking the photo)

Grandma 'Alice', Shay and Zoe

Photo taken during one of the pitch black tunnels.

Arrived in Bungendore

Picnic lunch

Play time

Ready for boarding

"Hurry up, you straggling passengers. We're just about to leave!"

(If any of the photos drop out, right click on red cross and on Show Picture. May need to be repeated a few times.)


Calidore said...

My goodness how quickly are the grand kids growing!! Looks like you all had heaps of fun with lovely weather as well.

shellyC said...

How incredibly gorgeous those children are!!! You must be so proud! i don't think I have ever seen such beautiful children before in my life!!

Alice said...

It's amazing how much like their grandparents those children are, which is just as well because their parents aren't up to much !!!!!!

verobirdie said...

Those pictures are beautiful ! There is such a feeling of happiness in them!

jellyhead said...

(stll grinning away here at Shelly's comment!)

Sounds like a great time was had by all. I love the photos of such happy grandparents and grandkids.

And yes Shelly, they are VERY beautiful children!!!!!

Kerri said...

Oh what fun Alice! It looks like you and Grandpa Richard enjoyed yourselves as much as the "beautiful children"! :)
I'm so glad you included the lovely photo of "Grandma" too!
The happiness positively shines from your photos.
That's certainly a shiny, well cared for train! It's easy to see that it's loved.
Lucky children...lucky Grandma and Grandpa :)

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous pics.

Tickets north booked yet?

Anonymous said...

That looked like a lot of fun..I love trains..or I did..Grandchildren are sure pretty!

Marlene Depler said...

Looks like you are having lots of fun!

I haven't been to your blog in quite some time. I've had surgery, kids are home from Bosnia for awhile and living with us, and then I got a nasty bronchial infection. I will try to visit more often.

I also love all the fall photos. It alwasy amazes my to see the fall color when we are having spring color.

Kali said...

Yep, how lucky for you both, and them to live near by.
They're really great photos and they are such gorgeous looking proud you both must be :)