Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Industrial

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

(9 photos) Where ever there is industrialisation there is transportation. For the past 200 years Germany’s economy has been predominantly held up by its level of manufacture. A rail system was quickly developed as was The Ruhr and it initially the supplier of many of the raw materials required for the building of the train line and other materials required for industry. Now the Ruhr’s production of coal and steel has declined and these raw materials are now imported. The “made in Germany” trademark is known world-wide for its excellence. Such as Mercedes. Much of the specialised intensive care equipment that I uses was “made in Germany” and considered state of the art.

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

Transportation is therefore a must. Raw materials need to be bought in and the finished goods need to be taken to market. In Germany there are three major modes of cargo transportation and if you have ever travelled the Autobahns on a Friday you will know just how many huge trucks are on the move.  Barge is a major way of moving goods.

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

Travelling the scenic route along the Nekar and Rhine Rivers the barges, loaded with their containers.

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

Having to pass through locks along the way.

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

Road transport is also vast. The reason Friday let you see just how many trucks are on the German motorways is because from midnight Friday to midnight Sunday no trucks are prohibited on the roads. On Friday all the trucks are trying to get to their destinations, home or out of Germany by the clock’s strike of 12. As an Australian country girl I found it daunting being surrounded on three lanes by huge trucks whilst on the outer lane the cars were just moving so quickly it was next to impossible to make the move out, into it  and then you had to move. There was just nowhere to go. Why I didn’t take a photo I don’t know. I take everything else but with a lack of factories in my photo albums trucks and signs of industrialisation probably just don’t appeal.

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

This truck from industrialised Australia.

In response to Cee’s fun foto prompt industrial

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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9 Responses to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Industrial

  1. andy1076 says:

    The locks always intrigued me, just the mechanics of it alone! so cool to watch 🙂

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  2. noelleg44 says:

    Great photos, Irene. Would love to travel on those barges!

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  3. Cee Neuner says:

    Wonderful photos for this week Irene. Thanks for playing along. Happy New Year!

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  5. Great photos. I do know what it is like to travel on the Autobahns with no speed limit. It is rather scary. Happy New Year. 😀

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    • Happy New Year Raewyn. The scariest for me was travelling with my brother in law who travelled in the fast lane at massive speed whilst turning his head around to look at me in the back seat when he wanted to emphasize some point he was making. Roger, sitting beside him in the front seat told him that I was very nervous and would probably appreciate it if he kept looking ahead at the road. I think though it was Roger who was nervous.

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