I invite you to get in my time machine and come back to where I live. Back to the time when all the country rail lines were shiny. Back when the engines all had big wheels and fire in their bellies. To a time when the carriages were heavy and the seats soft and comfortable. When you could open the doors & windows, breathe fresh air and feel the wind on your face. When the carriage doors were not locked and you could get out in an emergency. When you felt that the railways were actually provided to help you get around. When you weren't forced to book your seat and let the "Powers That Be" know where you were going. When it was safe to ride the trains without security guards. When every station had enough staff to do the job. When the signalling worked properly and derailments of passenger trains were almost unheard of. When you could ride a real train, not a pretend one (read 'bus'), to any station in NSW on the good old NSWGR (New South Wales Government Railways).
I guess by now you will see that I originally designed this web site for people who love Steam-trains. Maybe even for people who like or think they may be interested in, or who have relatives or friends who love, like or think they may be interested in, Steam-trains. Dont worry, it's not all trains. Over time, the site has expanded to include electronics, humour, history, astrophotography, scifi, politics, and a few colourful pictures. However, not everything on this site is straight forward. Some items are easy to find. Others take perseverance. Some, you will just stumble on. Why should websites be predictable?
This site, which so far has taken around six years to put together (I'm a hunt & peck typist) and it's still not finished, was designed to be viewed on a 15 inch monitor at a resolution of 800 x 600 (though most of the site will be OK on 640 x 480 as well). If you don't know what that means just look at the train picture at the top of this page. If you see a Steam locomotive and two wagons you will be ok. Even better if it looks like it's moving.
The name Locofonic comes from the following; 'loco' short for locomotive and 'fonic' meaning the sound thereof; i.e. the sound of locomotives, steam of course.
When reading "Why I love Steam-trains" you may want to transfer momentarily to the NSWGR Steam-engine page. To return to the place you were reading please use the X in the top right corner of your browser.
If you find anything on this website useful and you wish to show your appreciation, please send me a post card of where you live to: G Yates PO Box 134 Frenchs Forest NSW 2086 Australia. If you cant afford a post card then please send me an email with your thoughts on my website, good or bad. Thank you.
The following three books were used as references for spelling, word meaning and word choice for this site:-
Back to Steam and a word or two about the story "Why I love Steam-trains". These trips occurred once a year, from 1944 to 1950, mostly in January with a few in April. I was quite young at the time. A couple more occured when I was a teenager in the late 1950s. The story is a composite of all these trips with some memories coming from each. Maybe every thing I've written happened each trip. Maybe only on some trips. Don't be too pedantic about the details. It was a long time ago and, while having a reasonably good memory, I might be wrong about something or other. I was just a little kid at the time.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy it. I know it brought tears to my eyes just remembering it. Sorry I've gotta go. The Station Master has just got his green lantern out so . . . . . . . . . . . . . .