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|Friday, 19 January 2001|
Mrs Sergeant Major Sirspeaks. The steward has not even finished his list of does and don't, such as:
Mrs Sergeant Major Siris the train manager and rules this train, that's clear.
De Indian Pacific (gsr.com.au/theindianpacific) departs from Adelaide. An old Italian checks the coolness of the drinking water. It's not cool enough, at least for the first twenty litres. Guess the pipes are longer here than they are at home.
His wife is in front, next to a drunken Aussie. He is just able to talk, but it won't last long. His six packs VB's go fast.
The movie starts.
The carriage turns into the movies.
Fortunately the train is smoke free.
Smoking is only allowed in the
The drunken Aussie is in good shape. He ventures into the shower with a can and returns wet, top to bottom. The Italian lady gets her belongings and is off to find a more quiet place for her knitting.
A few hundred kilometres down the track, the drunken Aussie finished his last six pack.
He is off to the bar now.
Obviously they won't supply him there.
Disappointed he falls asleep in his chair.
On the floor of the
Port Augusta is about the end of the inhabited world.
A bit further down the Nullabor Plain
(plain without trees)
The train halts to pick up some extra passengers.
The drunken Aussie has to leave the train.
He is not able to comply.
The officers give him a hand, arresting him for trespassing.
End of the train fun for him.
The sleepers in the
An Aboriginal family boards.
|Saturday, 21 January 2001|
The day goes and returns at the treeless plain.
Right in the middle of the Nullabor Plain the Aboriginal family disembarks, walking to some fellow tribe members. I wouldn't want to swap places with them for the world.
The break in Cook (inhabitants: 2 adults, 1 child, 2nd one on its way) is a highlight. Swimming pool, hotel, jail with space for 2, school, a golf club and a hospital are memories of more busy times.
The train takes fresh water and continues it's journey.
Kalgoorlie (kalgoorlie.com) is the next stop. 31.000 people, mainly contractors, working in the gold mines.
|Sunday, 21 January 2001|
The last night is surprisingly tranquil.
The locomotive breaks down, right in the middle of the night.
Mobile phones are not working here.
The power is down.
It's impossible to ask for help.
The passengers just enjoy a good nights rest, without the usual shaking.
It's only the next morning when another locomotive arrives.
The Nullabor Plain ends. The first trees come into sight. Some big brown kangaroos are resting in the shade of a tree. A bit further down some eagles make their turns.
The landscape gets greener and greener.
In wheatfields some Emoes run away when they see the train coming.
Perfect Perth is almost there.
The journey is now close to it's end.
How about us all hiding under the benches, or would
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