Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A trip to the west

I had reason to go west. I went on number 59 tram and I then returned to the city from Glenbervie Railway Station to the city. I alighted from the tram at the corner of Mount Alexander Road and Leake Street in what is almost North Essendon.

Look what I found in behind what is now a real estate agent but was a hotel, possibly Victoria Hotel. Yes, it is a horse keeping place, a stable, complete with loft.


I walked eastwards along Glass Street looking at the houses and what else there was to see. Oh, what is this? A milk bar! And what period style might the decoration be? Don't click the pic, especially if you are inclined to fits, it only gets worse in close up.


Ah, cough cough, the real point, cough, of the trip, splutter, spit. The holy grail. A cigarette advertisement.


I had reason to stop off along the way home at Moonee Ponds. No other word for Moonee Ponds Station than gorgeous.

19 comments:

  1. wow, Moonee Ponds station is a dead ringer for Kensington station! Seperated at birth methinks ;)

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  2. After some rain?, it all looks totally lush

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  3. Ahhh, different Capstan sign, I must get the one in Warrigal Rd for you ;)
    Love the pics, the milkbar style is gorgeous...busy but gorgeous.
    Most garages with lofts in Sth Melb are converted stables (the ones with rear lane access).

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  4. Makes Murrumbeena Station look pretty sad.

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  5. Reminds me of Woodend station nice!

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  6. Anonymous11:51 pm

    Ahhh the good old Capstan cigarettes........cough, cough splutter splutter.

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  7. Fen, I guess they were built about the same time. You didn't ask but I don't why some are so grand and some are not.

    Good rain a couple of weeks ago Ian. Things are looking green and no killer hot days with drying north wind.

    It does Scott. I wonder if some stations, such as Murra, were rebuilt because they were originally timber.

    Not seen that one Cazzie. Is there still a train?

    Anon, as used to be said, they'd kill a brown dog.

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  8. Please do get that photo Jayne. I have seen a few stables in South Melb. Used to be one at the end of our street in Balaclava.

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  9. Maryborough Station. How about that? What a palace. Fit for RH to inhabit. Mark Twain called it a railway Station with a town attached.

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  10. Capstan, blue packet, that's all I remember.

    Did you know Tally-Ho cigarette papers have a 'little known' fact under the flap of each packet? Smoking is educational.

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  11. RH, I can see Twain's point. Next time I see someone with a rollie I will ask them to show me their Tally Ho.

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  12. yeah, coz Brunswick station ain't grand... I wonder what is the nicest station? Other than the big city central ones. Hmmm.

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  13. Good question Fen. I had a comp for the ugliest. I should have one for the nicest.

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  14. Tucson US was the most garbage strewn station I've ever seen in my life. The garbage was ancient, maybe trains don't stop there anymore.

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  15. Forget it, I've checked Wikipedia, Tucson has been restored since I was there (1996). Bit of a showpiece now.

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  16. Should I ask why you were in Arizona?

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  17. On a Greyhound bus from El paso to San Diego, stopping at all the MacDonalds; there was a one hour wait at Tucson depot for a bus on to San Diego so I crossed the road for a look at the station. It was derelict. The rail crossing divides the town: big business on one side and a narrow street of little shops on the other that looked like Greville Street in the 1980s: all beads and funk.
    I'm wondering if the antiquarian book shop is still in Greville Street nowadays, somewhere opposite the Gardens.

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  18. Arizona was part of my childhood from watching cowboy films, seeing it for real was an enormous experience, hypnotic.

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  19. I will check Greville Street next time I am there, but I think it may be gone.

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