#489 Off Track

Image: Miro Jones

In books and films, trains are the setting for great journeys, romantic encounters and perilous adventures, but in our daily lives, they are just public transport; dirty, noisy and crowded. This week we have stories about trains and the very different places they hold in our imaginations.

CONTENT WARNING: This episode includes some heavy content and reference to suicide. Please listen with care. If you need support you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the suicide callback service on 1300 659 467.


In our first story, Selina describes the scenes she witnessed on the Wynyard to North Ryde train line.

Producer: Selina Springett


‘Steam Trains and Small Trains’

Our editorial manager, Mell, was in regional Victoria over the weekend, and encountered a handful of trains and train enthusiasts.

Producer: Mell Chun


‘At The End Of The Rail’

In our last piece, Tim walks the tracks with his father and unpacks Australian mythology, masculinity, land and violence from a child’s perspective. This poem is the opening to Tim’s forthcoming verse memoir, ‘your father was a bastard’. You can find more of his work at timloveday.com

Written and Read by Tim Loveday

Sound Design: Mell Chun

All The Best credits

Production Manager & Host: Danni Stewart

Editorial Manager: Mell Chun

Episode Mix and Compile: Lochie Stevens

Social Media Producers:  Emma Pham

Community and Events Coordinator: Lidiya Josifova