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Man, what a shot!

A steam loco probably doing the Hobart to Launceston milk-run – from the south of Tasmania to its north – blasts its way over the Longford Viaduct circa 1930. Points for the train and car make/model/year folks?

The challenge of course was then to come up with a monochrome photograph of a racing car from exactly the same angle.

(R Edgerton Collection)

This one of Stan Jones’ Maserati 250F is the best I can do. It’s during a good meeting for Stan, he won the Australian Grand Prix that March 1959 Labour Day long-weekend. See here; Stan Jones, AGP, Longford: Gold Star Series 1959… | primotipo…

Credits…

Ron Edgerton Collection. As to the first shot, the fella who posted it on Facebook disappeared with his shot as quickly as he arrived. Happy to attribute whoever you are/were.

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Tailpiece…

Longford’s Viaduct and Railway Bridge close by to it are popular places for train-spotters.

The lattice-truss, wrought iron and steel bridge which spans the South Esk River was the equal longest bridge in Australia for a decade or so after the Welsh built structure was commissioned in 1870.

Those lovely pillars were removed during the 1960s – where were the Builders Labourers Federation when you needed them – there is a gofundme.com program to raise the $A80k required to replace the four pillars, two at each end of the bridge, an important bit of our industrial heritage.

More trains, planes and automobiles; Context and progress: Trains, planes and racing cars… | primotipo…

Finito…

Comments
  1. Lynton Hemer says:

    You knew that you’d provoke me to go and look it up, didn’t you !

    Tasmanian Government Railways A class 4-4-0, I believe.
    Built by Beyer Peacock of Manchester.

    Cheers

    Lynton Hemer

    • markbisset says:

      Come in spinner…
      It was just a question of whether you or Big Bad Brucie Williams got in first!
      You get the Coopers Red. Thanks Lynton.
      Isn’t it a cracker of a shot tho?
      The bloke posted it in response to something else I popped up, when I returned a couple of days later to get his name he was gone. Shame, coz he may have some more.
      Quite why they thought it a good idea to remove the bridge pillars who knows.
      What’s ‘cookin, when are you heading this way again?
      m

  2. Lynton Hemer says:

    A rail movement of Hydro electric turbines was too wide for the bridge so they took them down, and didn’t bother putting them back.

    Obviously thought it might happen again.

    https://www.examiner.com.au/story/6748815/uniting-function-and-beauty-forged-a-new-industrial-aesthetic/

    https://www.examiner.com.au/story/7129866/bid-to-reinstate-longford-rail-bridge-pillars/

    Nice to see they may be replicated.

    Our trips over your way…..not sure when…..

    Cheers

    Lynton

  3. Alec Hagues says:

    I see your geekiness and from here in London I raise you: Wouldn’t the train be headed for Deloraine/Devonport, having branched off the Hobart to Launceston line at Western Junction?

    • markbisset says:

      Hi Alec,
      Yes, you’ve trumped me, and you are probably right!
      By the way…I thoroughly enjoyed the branch line from Maidenhead to Bourne End, even tho The Marlow Donkey motors only 7 miles or so, it’s quite evocative through green countryside and over the Thames at the end. My kinda commute!
      Mark

      • Alec Hagues says:

        Not a bad part of England at all there Mark – just a pity the Bourne End to High Wycombe link is no more.

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