Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Most Attractive Railway Station

Let's just stick to suburban train stations. There are many in country Victoria that would win an attractive station award hands down over any city equivalent. Leaving out our grand Flinders Street Station, what is your nomination for the most attractive Melbourne train station?

I think my favourite would be Brighton Beach Station. I believe it was an original terminus before the train line was extended to Sandringham. What an odd thing to do, extend a train line. Sensibly we don't bother doing that anymore. The bottom photo explains the dead end siding, the original location for the train to terminate.



19 comments:

  1. For a few months in late 80s this was my local station. Have to agree that you'd be hard pressed to fine a better one.

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  2. Why is it odd to extend a train line? Would you have them put on more buses instead? Do trams come down as far as Brighton Beach? I taught at BB Public School in the early 70s, but for the life of me, cannot remember.

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  3. Hawthorn Station, I think. It includes bits of the original Flinders St Station.

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  4. Brighton beach also used to be the terminus for the old Victorian Railways Broad gauge tramline that ran from Port Melbourne along the coast to Brighton. The yard/balloon loop was on the right of the picture, where there is a ?pub? today.

    I do agree that this is one of the more picturesque of the stations in the melbourne metropolitan network, but one of my favourites in victoria is Bairnsdale station. Regional railway stations often seem better preserved and more - authentic - than many of Melbourne's preserved treasures.

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  5. Brighton Beach is even more interesting than that. Opposite the station was a pier which is where ships would unload coal for use on the railway (Hobsons Bay Railway Company pre Victorian Railways). The coal reached the station yard via a tramway which ran under Beach Road in a small tunnel. The southern portal is still there.
    Here's my post on it from 5 years ago. (I feel old!)

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  6. hello msilsby above? did you notice on your way to Bairnsdale, that Rosedale station is almost buried beneath a jungle of potted and climbing plants?
    The value of real estate near Brighton Beach would preclude any extensions of the line these days.

    I taught my daughter to drive in that carpark when she was 14. dead quiet on sundays and just a slight slope for rolling along learning clutch control.

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  7. You have been around Anthony. I mean that in the kindest way.

    Sarcasm Julie. I am very pro public transport and rail extensions. Trams used to come from St Kilda to Brighton Beach but not when you were teaching.

    Really LiD! I had no idea about bits of Flinders Street. I agree, Hawthorn is quite attractive and it was on my mind.

    Indeed it was Msilsby, the carpark for the pub. Not a trace left that I can see. I haven't seen Bairnsdale. I think things can be preserved by neglect or nothing ever happening to them. Can be good.

    I thought of adding about the tunnel Ben. I took photos of it on the same day. Great post about BB Station and the tunnel.

    Mstacks, lol about teaching your daughter to drive. Now you did not yell at her did you?

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  8. I don't have an opinion on this, coz all my local stations are shite, but nice pics once again :)

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  9. I like Brighton Beach too, but it feels too empty of people for a place with such a nice feel to it.

    Upper Ferntree Gully has kind of a nice mountainous feel to the surroundings, but once you get there it also has that feeling of being a long way away.

    I don't think I will be nominating anything on the Werribee line for this question.

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  10. You liked the one next on from Moonee Ponds Fen. Kensington was it? MP is nice, just not quite so grand as BB.

    Somebody, I did not really expect a nomination on the Werribee line. I am thinking Upper FG station is elevated and looks down. Better check on a map as to whether I am remembering Upper FG or just FG. I'd reckon BB in the morning peak is busy, very busy.

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  11. Yes! I have found where I read that. Unless something has changed since 2003, it seems that some of the old station remains there, which is very cool.

    'The canopy of the old Port Melbourne and St Kilda line was considered too good for the scrap heap and instead dismantled and rebuilt at the island platform on Hawthorn Station. A wooden seat of unusual design, also from Melbourne Station, is still in use on the island Platform at Hawthorn.'

    From Flinders St Station: Melbourne's Taj Mahal - by Marc Fiddian

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  12. Yep LiD, I do just recall a renovation of Hawthorn in the eighties or early nineties. Sounds worth my while to take a look at it.

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  13. I nominate the old Windsor railway station only because (and this was a couple of years ago so it could have been closed up again) the refreshment room was staffed, offering good food and drinks with a roaring fire in the open fireplace like it would have been decades ago.
    *sigh* Bliss.

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  14. Windsor in nice Jayne. I don't know about it being open in recent years but in the past the staff maintained a very nice garden and plantings.

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  15. Yep, that station is lovely... as is Williamstown and well, Newport used to be nice. Out of town, I love Woodend, Geelong and Ballarat

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  16. Cazzie, I have used Newport. I can't recall that it was much. Williamstown is certainly nice. I haven't seen too many country stations, yet.

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  17. Anonymous1:41 am

    Pics of woodend are on my blog from 2008 I think...nice place :)

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  18. Hi MTB. Yes, pretty posh area, so it is quite clean.

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