I like the idea of walking things. I read a book by a chap who walked the length of Hadrians Wall in the north of England, east coast to west. It was an old book, and the weather wasn't very good when he walked, but nevertheless it was an interesting read.
Kiwi Nomad in New Zealand has walked the Spanish El Camino de Santiago pilgrim trail twice. Damned hard work and she has my admiration.
Tram Walker walked every tram route in Melbourne. I miss him but he completed his project.
Fun60 is presently walking the length of the Thames in sections over time, from the Thames Barrier to the source, a distance of nearly 300 kilometres. She has only just begun so follow her journey on a separate blog here.
It is only after I walked a section that I have decided to walk the length of the defunct Inner City Railway Line. Who knows, after I have done that, maybe I will walk the old Rosstown Railway line or the discontinued Outer Circle Railway Line. Or maybe I will be over it after just doing the Inner Circle Railway line.
How did this come about? I have been along Royal Parade a few times in my life and in the back of my mind I knew the Inner Circle Railway Line crossed it, but where? I don't recall seeing any train crossing. I looked at an old map of the ICRL and saw where it crossed. I will investigate. Parallel to ICRL is a discontinued tram route too, also worthy of investigation.
I caught the tram to town and then the 19 tram along Elizabeth Street and Royal Parade. I left the tram just before Brunswick Road and this fine little lake with fountains greeted me as I left the tram.
Ah-ha. A bridge. Let me peer over the edge.
I doubt any authority would spend money on a huge cutting just for a bike path and you can see remaining staunchions, still supporting what look like high voltage electricity lines. I have recently learnt that staunchion can be spelt stanchion. The former looks correct to me, so I will use that. I am looking west but I started to walk east along park land of what is called the Capital City Trail. The trail in part follows the route of the old railway line.
Is the owl supposed to protect something? Is a vital piece of electricity infrastructure under threat of a pigeon attack?
I can't see how the owl can do much about leaning power poles. So alongside what look like high voltage wires on the old railway staunchions are more high voltage electricity wires on wooden poles.
The railway staunchion with wires. It looks a bit cold, grey and dreary in the photos. It was.
Apart from the staunchions, there really wasn't a lot to see. Here is where the ICRL crossed Bowen Crescent and this is obviously the remains of old the railway crossing fencing.
A little of the track remains. My timing was not good. Much of the path was being worked on and so fenced off. I walked quite a bit on the adjacent streets.
Good heavens, an old railway station, re-purposed, as they say. It was the North Carlton Station. I'll put a bit of detail about the railway line in the next post.
This mural caught my eye.