Monday, December 6, 2010
Great train journey
For ten years now the Indian Pacific has choofed across Australia, from Sydney to Perth on a mission of Santa Claus proportions. The loco carries international and domestic media, a pop star or two and Santa. Stars of the past include: Human Nature, Guy Sebastian, Marcia Hynes, David Campbell and Jimmy Barnes. This year, rock legends James Reyne (Australian Crawl) and Mark Seymour (Hunters & Collectors) entertained the media on the train and gave concerts across the country. We stopped in Broken Hill for the first event. Every stop provided a welcoming crowd and the local school choir singing Christmas carols before James and Mark did their thing.
The Indian Pacific is celebrating 40 years of travelling this year - happy anniversary to the great train and many more happy Christmases across the country. Pictures are a few scenes from the trip, the lady with Get Up & Go is Shelley Howells deputy editor of Air New Zealand's inflight magazine; the chap with Mark Seymour, James Reyne and moi is Tony Braxton-Smith, CEO of Great Southern Rail.
Watch this video of the trip - wonderful shots and evocative of the variety and wonder of Australia.