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On Friday 12th October 2012, a late season cold front brought snow to the Blue Mountains of New South Wales.
In the beginning
The snow started about 7AM, and before 8 I had set out on a walk around Katoomba and Leura to capture the event. At this early stage cars were still able to climb and descend Lovel Street hill.
Lurline and Gang Gang Streets, Katoomba
Corner of Lurline and Gang Gang Streets, adjacent to Kingsford Smith Memorial Park. Approaching motorbike (right) barely made it to the intersection.
Just a few metres uphill icy snow brings vehicles to a standstill on the steep gradient of Gang Gang Street, Katoomba.
Yeoman Bridge from above...
Views from the bridge above Katoomba Railway Station. Left - an impromptu snow fight erupts as excited passengers disembark from a train. Right - cars move cautiously through the Parke Street roundabout.
... and sheltering below
Looking west from Katoomba station, under the shelter of Yeoman Bridge. Signals and headlights of an approaching coal train add some colour.
XPT snow stop
WT27 Sydney-Dubbo XPT makes a snowy stop at Katoomba.
Katoomba station subway
Pedestrian subway at the eastern end of Katoomba railway station.
(left) and the commuter carpark on the northern side of the railway.
Station Street, Katoomba
Masonic Hall at the top of Station Street opposite the Katoomba Court House.
Great Western Highway
The highway was still open, but traffic was slowing and would soon be stopped. At the time of this train's passing by The Edge Cinema, the road was largely deserted.
Icing on the cakes
Footprints and parked cars in Civic Place, Katoomba.
Coal train in a snow storm
Snow hangs heavy in the trees as a coal train begins the long mountain descent towards Sydney, in near blizzard conditions.
Snow Flake V set
By this time heavy snow begins to limit photography. Protecting cameras was difficult enough, but tasks like changing lenses were out of the question. A camera is briefly extracted from its bag to snap this passing V set.
Shelter from the storm
Snowman outside the G-day Motel, Katoomba. Meanwhile on the highway some have abandoned their cars, while others press on. By this time roads had closed at several locations.
GIVE WAY to snow
Corner of Queens Road and the Great Western Highway, Leura.
Iced gum trees
Eucalypts with icing near Queens Road (left) and at a driveway for Katoomba Hospital (right).
A pedestrian trudges down the slippery footpath while a heavy vehicle braves ice on the Great Western Highway, Leura. View is looking westward towards Katoomba.
Welcome to Leura!
Leura station stairway looks decidedly treacherous, as soft wet snow pelts the photographer and passengers exiting the platform. View from the Alexandra Hotel balcony (right) is a little more civilised, but the beer garden does note invite!
By late morning the snow has turned to slush. With home in sight, a hot fire beckons this soaked photographer.
The storm has passed, and CityRail continues its task. Later that afternoon Spring returns to Neate Park, Blackheath NSW.
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