Late last year when I visited Australia's southernmost state of Tasmania I had the chance to travel on the West Coast Railway between the towns of Strahan and Queenstown. The railway dates back to the late 19th century when it was built to provide a rail link between the copper mines at Queenstown and the seaport at Strahan. The railway winds its way through difficult terrain alongside the Queen and King Rivers and detours inland to pass around the King River Gorge. The railway closed in 1963 but funding was obtained to restore the railway and the remaining steam engines in 1998. It became active again as a passenger and tourist train in 2000. A unique feature of the railway is that it utilises a double rack and pinion system in the steeper sections of track through the King River Gorge diversion. Twin pinions under the engine engage with the rack rails to help pull the engine up the incline and arrest its speed on the decline. On this occasion I was using only the E-M5 fitted initially with the PL25mm f1.4 and then later the Olympus 12-50mm as the rain got heavier. This was the first time that I had properly tested the weatherproofing of both camera and lens and in these circumstances it certainly was a very useful feature to have. Rather than being a hindrance, the gloomy, rainy weather seemed somehow appropriate for this journey and for this part of the Tasmanian wilderness. 1. Engine No. 5, the baby of the fleet, enters the station 2. 3. Inside/outside of one of the passenger carriages 4. 5. 6. Connecting the engine to the carriages 7. Giving the engine a drink at the first stop (Lower Landing) 8. And people complain about Olympus UI being complex! 9. Looking down the platform at Lower Landing 10. The rain starts to come down harder at the next stop, but the engine still needs some TLC regardless 11. A close-up of the twin rack rails that run over the inclined section of track 12. 13. 14. 15. Cigarette break 16. The decision not to sell the weatherproofed 12-50mm lens seems like an inspired one right now 17. The amusingly named "Dubbil Barril" station. The story is too long to tell here but it comes from a misspelling of double barrel shotgun from one of the young workers who built the railway. 18. Smoking from both ends of the engine 19. The rain stops briefly as we get ready to leave Dubbil Barril 20. Rinadeena is the highest point along the railway, and also commonly referred to as "rain indeed". After a few minutes of the dry weather shown here it started to live up to it's name. 21. The end of the line at Queenstown; the town built around the former copper mines of Mt Lyell. 22. 23. 24. 25.