Stephanie Wood

Stephanie Wood is a senior writer for The Sydney Morning Herald and Good Weekend.

Scenic Railway.

Blue Mountains scenic thrillmaker is set for a $30m makeover

IN THE beginning, the rail carriage was a coal bin. In the late 1920s, walkers who had ventured to the bottom of the Furber Steps in the Blue Mountains would hitch a lift back to the top in the Katoomba Colliery's cable-hauled coal skip - women in frocks and solid shoes and men perspiring in shirt collars and neckties. Some reports suggested the women were permitted to kneel on chaff bags during the ride up.

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