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Queensland, beautiful one day, perfect the next. At least, that's what the tourism people would like you to believe. Whether it's true or not is firmly in the eye of the beholder, but its railway scene remains one of the most interesting in the country. Alone among governments, Queensland remains committed to maintaining at least some semblance of service to towns that other states have long since forsaken in the name of commercial efficiency. When I moved to Queensland in 1989, it was still possible to see the most remarkable combination of state of the art technology and operation running cheek by jowl with workings that belonged to an era more akin to a quarter of a century earlier. This state of affairs is rapidly changing, but there is still much to see and observe on Queensland Rail.

This collection of galleries shows a small selection of scenes I've recorded on the railways that start west of Brisbane. Along Queensland Rails 2 will look at Brisbane itself, and work its way north.