It was a very wet afternoon that greeted our arrival in Ladysmith, the first stop on a long journey south to Violet Town in order to chase the Flying Scotman through to Parkes. It was the last major trip involving the Scotman in what was a very hectic 12 months of photography.
Ladysmith, a station on the former line to Tumbarumba, remained in rather good condition despite the lines closure in 1975 (opened in 1917). Today the station is under the care of Tumba Rail.
The night was to be spent in a reasonably boring (railway wise) Wagga Wagga, before a very early dash south to meet the famous steamer. However, our ultimate destination was to be Cootamundra after the old Corona has a failure at Bethungra.
Perhaps it was mean't to be, subsequently leading to a very long association and many friendships in the Cootamundra region. To this day, returning to Coota is like returning home after a long time away.