June Tree Challenge – a tree end-of-life solution

Back in the day in Tasmania there was a passenger rail service.  In 1978 the last trip of the Tasman Limited took place and I believe this is the train that would have stopped at the Perth Railway Station.

What we have here now is an engine, a toilet stop for people using the Midland Highway, a kids playground and two dodgy old trees that have been made safe by converting them into chainsaw art figures.  The first tree represents passengers waiting for the train.  It’s a good thing they are wooden as it will be a very long wait.

The second is a ‘fireman’ or ‘stoker’ – the guy who kept the fire going in the engine to heat the boiler to produce steam to make the thing move.

I could have done with the fire as it was 2°C when I took these pictures.  The frost had shrunk from the touch of the sun but there were still shades of white on the playground equipment.

A bloke cycling in (mainly) Tasmania

10 response to "June Tree Challenge – a tree end-of-life solution"

    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: June 10, 2018

      Thanks Janet. Now I am looking for the next picture. Lots of nice gum trees about and the wattle hasn’t quite come out yet – still looking.

      Back after WWI there were lots of commemorative trees planted around Tasmania. People’s children didn;t come home and in those days those left didn’t travel to their grave, if they had one. The trees are old now and some have been removed while others have been “chain sawn” into similar art forms. I think it good that the original trees are preserved in this way – at least for a while longer.

    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: June 10, 2018

      Thanks Navvie. Irish workers on the railway in England were known as Navvies. Why? Well, when the canals were built the Irish provided most of the workforce and they were known as Navigators. You may well know this so I am teaching you to suck eggs!!

      We are promised rain from Tuesday of next week so things should heat up a bit.

    • By: Tony Cullimore Posted: June 10, 2018

      Hi Tempo. Yes, there is not much to attract you to Perth! If you are in the north and fancy a ride along the Scottsdale Rail Trail (preferably on a MTB ‘cos it’s rough) then take the time to head into Ledgerwood. There you will find a “train” cafe and several trees with chain sawn people. They depict scenes from WWI as they were all commemorative trees that suffered with time.

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 6, 2018

    Tree across the street has been fatally attacked by Emerald Ash Borer — its fate wont be so artistic — those are some very beautifull carvings!

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