|Ray Jerrems, Our Genealogist, Historian||
Jerry with the owner, Dan (in the cab) at a Rail Fair, in Sacramento, CA,
(Sue has contributed articles to the Journal about her trip to Lincolnshire,in the June 2006 Journal, and the full size railway carriage and caboose (guard's van) and model railway in her garden, in the July 2007 Journal. Jerry, Sue's late husband referred to in the email, was the father and grandfather of some of our readers. They will no doubt be interested in his enthusiasm for railways and the photo which includes him standing on the right.)
|Ray Jerrems, Family Genealogist||
(Here is part of Ray's reply to Sue, regarding the time taken by trains to use the Zig Zag section of the railway, which only had a single track):
"It would have taken a while for a train to go down or up the Zig Zag due to the time taken for changing of points at the end of each level and for the engine to change ends, but at busy times trains would also have had to wait their turn at the bottom or about 3 miles back from the top because there were no means provided for trains to pass each other.
After the zig zags were taken out (there was a small one at the Sydney end of the Blue Mountains also) the travelling time of over five hours was more than halved. Faster engines played a part in this also. On the other hand, the journey of five hours was a vast improvement on the previous situation for travellers, who endured four day coach trips over rough roads and the cost of overnight stays merely to cross the Blue Mountains from Sydney.
Even more significantly, upon completion of the Zig Zags a network of railway lines was soon constructed throughout western New South Wales , enabling goods to be taken to or from the fertile western areas to Sydney in a day or two, replacing the bullock wagons which could take weeks.
Editor's Notes: Pictured dog, caboose and Pullman in Sue's garden.
Ray's Additional Comments
|Donald Jerrems, All-purpose Editor and More.||
Tom, one of our most avid readers, is 87 years of age
Ray did a marvelous job on early rail transportation, like the horse it's a large part of history during that period. Today we don't appreciate what the train does for us in material handling for our every day of life. I would enjoy taking a long train ride again if I could, it's on the bucket list......
Again, the monthly journal is interesting and reminds us of days gone by. Thank you.........
We Search for Jerrems Everywhere
Several years ago my daughter Anita signed me up for Facebook. At that stage there were about 5 other members of the Jerrems family who had enlisted.
Recently Donald asked me about some of the Jerrems people on Facebook, so I looked them up and was amazed to find 41 entries under "Jerrems". Donald asked me whether there was a story in the offing, so I sat down and tried to work out what I could say about such a large number of entries 41.
The most obvious answer seemed to be that I should say where the people fitted into the Jerrems family tree, but I quickly realised that this would be a huge task from the viewpoint that I would need to display about 6 spreadsheets.
So I decided to take the easy way out by simply listing them as descendants of the four brothers who migrated to Australia in the 1850s (William George Jerrems later migrated to the United States, the other brothers stayed in Australia:
(1) Arthur Reginald Jerrems Rhianna, Russell, Des, Christoph, Nelson, Kathy, Heather, Jesse, Hilary (McArtney).
(2) William George Jerrems Stephanie, Jerry V, Jacki, Steve, Cassandra, Cathy, Nick, Olivia, Sue, Mia, Shawn, Jenny, Cris (Becker).
(3) Charles Jerrems Roger, me, Miriam, Rohan, Ari, Shelly.
(4) Robert Cane Jerrems Sacha, Tate, Ben, Anna, Carol, Ken, Simon, Emma (Risvanis).
Then I wondered if I could find some trivia. Here is the result:
(a) Russell Jerrems is the most enthusiastic person, with 3 separate entries.
(b) Olivia has the most friends (455), closely followed by her sister Jacki with 454 (I wonder if they are holding a competition?)
(c) Next is Ari, who is also the first in the "male" stakes, with an impressive 363 friends, but his sister Shelly (330) and 4th cousin Heather (325) are not too far behind.
(d) Stephanie is doing well in the US with 224 friends, but Tate is ahead of her with 249. Tate's brother Sacha has ground to make up on his brother with 111.
Some of these people have been referred to in previous Jerrems Journals. It should be noted that Sacha and Tate were referred to in the Journal of June 2007, however the reference to their mother was incorrect. Their mother was Tamara (nee Koenig), Lance's first wife. I apologise for this error.
Here's something to think about: How come you never see a headline like 'Psychic Wins Lottery'?
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