Australian Vintage (1962) Railway Film

  GrahamH Chief Commissioner

Location: At a terminal on the www.
A very interesting, I think, film about rail in Australia in 1962.

Many aspects of history when it was in action.

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  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Ahh! . . . Nostalgia indeed. Thanks for posting it, Graham H.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Thanks Graham.

I have seen it before but I had lost track of the film over the years. Indeed, I was around when it was filmed and when the railway and its people were both dedicated and part of the community.

Memories, memories ............. and people wonder about my RP signature where I say:

'I miss the railway in which I spent most of my life and the Comrades that I met along the way but I don't miss the railway as it is today.'

A bit of license here and there but no need for the innumerable 'contrived catastrophes' featured in so many documentaries today which ensure that the public think of rail and railway people and both incompetent and idiotic.

Good to watch again what was; but sad to compare it with so much of the industry today.
  Sunbird Station Master

The commentary on the film had a slight smell of government propaganda about it but it was still a great film showing a society so different from todays.

I loved it at 18.05 where they show those three boys of about 6 or 7 pretending to hold up the train. You see them walking in front of a stationary, but I assume running, locomotive brandishing toy guns.
Sure the scene is obviously posed but it shows how times have changed.

Todays woke mums would be hysterical if they saw their boys doing that. The toy gun would be enough even without the locomotive.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
The other thing that really dated it was that our hero went everywhere in collar and tie. It's much the same when you see many of  the spectators in a lot of old cricket footage.
Anyone in a tie these days is either an accountant or a lawyer going to work, or someone going to a funeral.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Anyone in a tie these days is either an accountant or a lawyer going to work, or someone going to a funeral.
Or someone from Melbourne trying to sell you something! Laughing

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