Our taxi, which we had booked for 10am, was waiting for us when we went downstairs at 9:50. We were at the station by 10:10, even though we didn’t need to be there until 10:45! Herself worked on the blog while Himself booked in the luggage and took some photos.
This carriage is one of the two original carriages used on the first railway line in Western Australia.
The train we caught is called the Indian Pacific because it crosses the continent from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean (and back again, of course).
According to Himself, the train had one locomotive, twenty six carriages and four car transports! You can see here that it just stretches away into the distance on East Perth railway station.
At first the train passed through the Western Australian wheat belt.
As we travelled further east, we saw less wheat, more cattle grazing and a scrubbier landscape.
At 10:30pm, we arrived in the gold mining town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. We were taken on a tour, despite the late hour, of the largest open-cut gold mine in Australia.
Those lights are the dump trucks going up and down inside the pit!
This is the “shovel” from one of the big machines. It really doesn’t give you an indication of size.
Perhaps this will help! (Yes, it’s cold in the desert at night in winter)!
At the Miners’ Hall of Fame, we were given a talk about one of the dump trucks. These are the controls and cab on one of these monsters!
And the man standing on top (who gave the talk), gives a great demonstration of scale! Those things are huge!
Inside the Hall of Fame, we were treated to warm drinks and savoury pastries as well as some sweet slices. The place was very interesting but there wasn’t enough time to see it properly and, at 1am, most of us were too tired to appreciate it! Himself liked sitting in the cab of the Caterpillar 990 and playing with the controls (men will be boys!)
Back at Kalgoorlie station there was time for a few more photos before re-boarding the train and much needed sleep!