your past in a museum

Posted by jerry on February 4th, 2005 — Posted in Journal

Sharon’s post on Rick Rack Ruby and the tie skirts reminded me of a similar spin-out I had when visiting Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum. What could connect the two? Well, my early childhood was spent in the UK near the town of Bodmin in Cornwall. My family was not well off, and it was a real treat to take the train to the seaside town of Padstow on the Bodmin-Wadebridge line. The train we took was an old steam train – driven by a saddle tank engine, which pulled an enclosed carriage the size of a one tonne van, and two open air trucks with bench seats. The latter was cheaper and most times that was how we travelled. That was back in the early 1960s when I was a toddler. Now fast forward 40 years and I visit the Powerhouse Museum. Great – they have steam locomotives – hmmm hang on, there’s a whole small train there with an enclosed carriage and a couple of open trucks with a saddle tank engine in front… Yup its the very same train that once took an excited kid to the beach in Cornwall!


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