Welcome to Trackside. This is a blog I first set up in March 2008. Although my writing style may have changed somewhat since then, I still try to keep things light and colloquial. I certainly find it easier to read (and write) in this style, as opposed to becoming bogged down in a very reference heavy, encyclopaedic style of writing which is (quite frankly) boring to write, and boring to read!

The goal of this site is to share my hobby, detailing some of the adventures had on my travels, as well as to provide a platform for the railway photography I engage in. It began as a way of keeping a record, but it has developed into so much more – the photography aspect has taken on a life of its own. Indeed, I now keep two separate Flickr accounts. Once of which is linked to throughout this website, while the other is where I keep my “non-rail” photography.

When I was new to the rail enthusiast hobby, I found there was a shortage of “general interest” information – a lot of books available in book stores would focus on one particular locomotive, or one particular period of history and go into painstaking detail. Fascinating if you’re looking to do in-depth research, but not so helpful for a casual enthusiast looking for some general background on a locomotive they may have seen for the first time, perhaps wondering who built the locomotive, or who operates it. I plan to expand the blog with a section giving a basic overview of as much as possible in this hobby, to attempt to make it easier for those who come after me.

Finally, one important thing to remember is – I’m not alone. I am very lucky to have a group of friends with a common interest, and without their help, I would have gotten nowhere. Every photo or piece of information on this site has been due in some small way to their assistance.

I hope you enjoy visiting, and please feel free to leave comments as appropriate.


Trent “Raichase” Nicholson

13 thoughts on “About

  1. Trent

    I work for Cubic Corporation in San Diego, Calif., as editor of its company newsletter, the Cubic Circuit. Cubic recently won a contract to provide transit services in Sydney, and I am using a story about that in the newsletter. I need a photo of a CityRail train to go with the story. You have one – headlined WHOOSH! – that I like a lot on Flickr.

    Would you be willing to give me permission to use that photo in the newsletter? My photo budget is small. I could pay you $50. I would also be glad to credit you with a link, send you a link to the online version and a copy of the printed edition when it comes out.

    Here is a link to recent editions in case you want to see what it is:


    Please let me know as soon as possible. I would need a high-res version of the photo, since you have your Flickr downloads shut off. (I also sent you this message via Flickrmail.)

    Jim Okerblom

  2. Great site ! I just discovered it.
    By the way (and it’s of little consequence, the possessive “its” doesn’t have an apostrophe. That is, it’s not “it’s”, but “its”. Sure beats me why it doesn’t, but it just doesn’t.

  3. Trent, hi I work with the Gazette in the Blue Mountains and saw some of your shots of the Zig Zag railways that I wanted to use in our paper. Any chance we could run the hipstamatic one (someone taking a photo) with a credit? Let me know via bclewis@fairfaxmedia.com.au

  4. Hi Trent,

    This is Really a great and very useful website! Thanks for your efforts.

    I’m a professional railroader and rail enthusiast alike living in Germany. This fall I will visit Australia for the first time.

    I would be happy to get in touch with you. If you like please drop me an Email:

    Kind regards Christoph

    1. G’day Christoph,

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the website! Good to hear you’re able to visit down under. I’d be more than happy to assist with any of your queries if I can.


      1. Hi Trent,

        From tomorrow on we will be in Sydney and NSW for about a week. It would be very nice to catch up with you.

        Maybe we can meet once or do some photography together.

        Take care


  5. I got hooked on Australian railroading through the Trains magazine articles about Alcos, Bulldogs and other exotic power. I’d love to take an extended visit down under, but all the great old stuff will probably be gone by the time that happens. Looking forward to exploring your site and learning more about this amazing country.

  6. Just discovered your site, most interesting.
    I’ve been a gunzle for years but dont get to do much snapping because of work, so I tend to go train braining mostly on line.
    I think your site is worth return visits.

    All the best

  7. Hello Trent
    I am writing an article about the end of Electric Staff working and would like to use a few of your photos . Can you please
    contact me on my email ,
    Thanks Dave Harvey

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