In my part of the world on the South Coast of South Australia we are blessed by nature and skilled volunteers. As a radio broadcaster and voice over actor I’ve certainly done my bit for the various communities I’ve worked in. But, there is a local bunch down here who take volunteering to another level !
The Steam Ranger group of dedicated volunteers run the line between Victor Harbor (correct, no ‘u’ in Harbor, down here) and Mt. Barker in the Adelaide Hills. They are not funded by the State or Federal Government and work damn hard to keep the ship afloat or rather the train on the rails. Depending on the fire rating at any given time, they either run diesel or steam locos.
This piece of video I took in Winter shows the steam loco (minus carriages) taking off after arriving at Goolwa railway station. It then proceeds to fill up the water tanks, take on coal, eventually returning to the station on the adjacent line, to couple up for the return trip to Victor Harbor. There’s something very special about steam trains and the memories they conjure, yet they also fascinate the young, guaranteeing the memories will stay alive for a long time.