After our stop at Einasliegh we walked back to the train which was taking us to the end of the line at Forsayth. Einasliegh was once a copper mining town. It set on top of flat top hills or mesas that rise up out of the grasslands.
|Our travel companions, Ann and George.|
This was such a unique train experience. Our driver, Will, stopped the train, jumped out of his door and ran through the long grass . What had he spotted?
It is a rare Grevillea which has just started to be found again in this area after fires a few years ago. He plucked one bloom and brought it back to the train for us to pass around. Before Will worked for Cairns railway he was a zoo keeper. He was very knowledgable about the wildlife and he was always looking for snakes to show us. He was an expert at handling reptiles.
|Unfortunately I can't remember the name of this rare Grevillea.|
The train line runs through one cattle station/ranch after the other. So another thing the driver has to be aware of is cattle on the line.
It was such an unusual sight that everyone on board was up the front jostling for photographs I was squeezed in behind the driver's head.
Not only cows but the driver needs to look out for wallabies and kangaroos crossing the track.
This is a rare rock wallaby.
The track wound through the ranges and in this spot it actually lies on the bed of a river, which is only a trickle on the left now that it is the dry season but in the wet season the track is under water.