44211/4520 approaches Killawarra in 2010

44211/4520 approaches Killawarra in 2010

Thursday, 6 October 2011


Hi Guy's

This is not about trains but about me. This week has been a hell of a week. But I look back at it as 3 Miracles. Firstly last Thursday my wife informed me that we are expecting. Now that is a Miracle in it's own right. We were not planning it but I welcome it and look forward to it. Since the big news I have got the worse case of the flu and still fighting it.

I got a leave pass to go to the Liverpool Exhibition on the Saturday for a day trip so I left Old Bar at 6am in the morning and arrived at Liverpool at 10am. Then the photo rang. My Family were in distress as the Ferris Wheel that they had just got off at the Old Bar Festival just had a light plane fly into it. They were still standing under it at the time and had to run to avoid being hit by debris. My Wife Amanda, my 2 step children Hayden and Callum, my Mother and Father in law and Brother in law all had to run for their lives. I spent about one hour on the phone outside the exhibition talking to everyone and making sure everyone was OK. They assured me they were OK so I stayed and spent some time at the Exhibition. It turns out that no one was injured at all. The pilot and passenger and the 3 groups of children that were on the ferris wheel at the time were not injured and everyone on the ground missed getting hit by debris. It was a Miracle when you start to think of what could of happened. I finished up enjoying the exhibition and catching up with heaps of people. My family banded together to comfort each other but my wife hasn't slept well since.
Things were just starting to get back to normal and yesterday I was out at the local shops seeing a doctor about my flu and a bit of shopping. Coming back a car coming out of a side street on the left failed to stop at a give way and hit our SV8 Commodore on the side at about 60 kmp. I was not hurt which is a miracle when you see the damage. I think if my wife or children had of been with me it would of been bad. It is a credit to the car that I wasn't hurt and I think if I had of been in my Hilux I would of been off to hospital. Anyway the car which we have only had for 3 weeks is a write off. We were off on holidays on Saturday to Dubbo and hopefully a side trip to Bathurst of Sunday so hopefully we can get a hire car for the trip as the Hilux is a bit uncomfortable for the trip.

Anyway That is the 3 Miracles of this week and I hope to get back to the modelling desk soon and the normality of life. We already have twin boys so hopefully the new car won't have to be a minivan:-) Scan next thursday?

Cheers Justin


  1. Hi Justin,

    Sounds like the week from hell. Good news on impending fatherhood (and congratulations) but also good news that all are safe which is the main thing.


    Paul Bartle

  2. Amazing string of luck--good and bad--Justin. Congrats on your upcoming fatherhood. Y'all work fast! And happy to hear that through the flu, the ferris wheel and the auto accident that everyone is all right. The odds of all these things happening at once. . . incredible. If you have a son, you should name him "Lucky."

  3. You'll be right, we were "blessed"(lol) with twins after already having 2 kids. Everyone told me to get a Tarago, but there are plenty of cool SUV's on the market for people with 4+ kids. So cheer up man it ain't all bad!