This picture was taken by Ivor Thurlow using Feraniacolor,
a 35mm transparency stock promoted by photo shops around Australia.
If my memory serves me correctly (should we shorten that in this
email age to a form such as IMMSMC, like "my humble opinion"
becomes IMHO?), Ferania offered a home processing kit. The only
reason my father would have used it, would have been because it
was cheaper. Most color films of this era would have been 10 or
25 ASA rating. For that reason I find this particular photo remarkably
good. The camera was probably a Voigtlander Vito B, a little compact
camera similar to Kodak's Retina, with a viewfinder above the
The full size image
will take a minute.
The Sydney Express, bound for Toowoomba
and Brisbane. It is early afternoon, probably Saturday circa 1961,
and the sun is shining fully on the camera side of the train.
About half an hour earlier, the train had crossed its southbound
counterpart at either Wyreema or Cambooya- if everything was on
The pressed steel piloted engine is 4-6-2 Class BB18.1/4,
perhaps number 1041 or possibly 1043, of which I saw both around
Toowoomba frequently. The train is approaching the Herries Street
crossing in Toowoomba, guarded only by the train whistle in the
days before "Safety" considerations. Every person had
to look out for themselves. In the background is the Wheat Board
storage sheds and the accompanying spur line. Now on this site
every Sunday, you can visit the open-air markets and buy pumpkins,
tools, and kiddies clothing, from stalls and car boots.
The background housing has since made way for service
industry sheds and showrooms.