Sunday, March 25, 2018

A new train on the eve of White Night

I suppose I can call this Sunday Selections. Do check what River and Elephant's Child have posted.

Melbourne is getting some new trains and there was a mock up, I think it was a mock up, on display at Birrarung Marr on the edge of the Yarra River. We strolled along the river bank for a look see.


Preparations were underway for White Night, an overnight event with many outdoor performances and displays until about 6am on the Sunday morning. Public transport ran all night and the event is very successful. Liquid Sky had already been erected at Federation Square, but to quote The Age headline, "White Night sculpture ripped apart by ferocious Melbourne winds".


This photo is from the Fairfax Press, but I have seen better photos.


More evidence of ferocious winds.


The Federation Bells atop the hill play tunes at certain times during the day.


Looking back towards the city. I suppose it is art. It looks like Aboriginal art, so we must be respectful.


What are these for?



Ah, they were to be erected along the river bank. I expect they were illuminated.


Revolting seat colours on the new train. The brighter ones are for the elderly and less abled.


There has been a theme over the last few years of removing seating from existing trains and trams so more people can be squashed on. Now they are just building trains with less seating.


The screens look very smart.


For White Night the train carriage was turned into a silent disco with appropriate lighting. A silent disco is where people dance to music they are hearing in headphones. I heard it was quite successful.

We first saw these very useful live panels in Japan in 2010, and we have seen them elsewhere since. This is the first time they will be seen in Melbourne, to my knowledge. They are incredibly useful and should be retro fitted to all trains.




I always think of this sculpture as Dorothy the Dinosaur and she once sat in the moat at the National Gallery of Victoria, but to be accurate, it is a sculpture called Mosaic Angel by artist Deborah Halpern. Jayne of Our Great Southern land informs us that Deborah is conducting a sculpting with mosaics workshop in Dunolly in Western Victoria.


Repro Victorian lamps march along back along the river to the city as we approached the Banana Vaults, once cool fresh food storage, now used as cafes, bars and ferry tour offices. 


It must be time for lunch.

17 comments:

  1. All night public transport? Sigh. I wish we were so forward thinking.
    I didn't realise that your 'Enlighten' only ran for one night. The crowds would be horrendous.
    I agree with you about Dorothy Dinosaur - and would love to see her.

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    1. EC, the first couple were horrendously crowded but now it is management much better with the attractions spread over the city and nearby parkland.

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  2. Great photos. Lovely selection. :-)

    Greetings from London.

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  3. Dunolly will be hosting an exhibition and workshop by Deborah Halpern shortly!
    DEBORAH HALPERN IN DUNOLLY

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    1. Jayne, I added the link to my post. What a cool co-incidence.

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    2. Thanks, dearie :)

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  4. I really don't care what they do Andrew.... I am still scared to ride the trams and trains at night.... hell, even late afternoon at times.

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    1. Lady J, trams seem pretty ok to me, but I too would be a bit reluctant to ride trains at night, especially in some areas.

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  5. Sydney got new trains, (they were made in China) the other day but will not be working for some time yet why I just don't know but I do know you can't turn the seat around and there was a big fuss about that.
    Merle........

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    1. Merle, and they won't fit through a couple of tunnels in the Blue Mountains, if they are the same ones. A big fuss about the seats. Strangely in Victoria we cope perfectly well while sitting backwards, but of course most like to sit facing forward.

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  6. Banana Vaults? that's a quirky name. This was a lovely walk you took us on, so much to see. I hope those birds were illuminated, they look a bit dull just white like that.

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    1. River, I am sure they were as we saw wires already lain and I think they were different colours, or at least lit by different coloured lights.

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  7. All that and no mention of the Grand Prix. Brrrrm Brrrrm.

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    1. More like a high pitched scream, Cro, but not as bad as it used to be. We just hate the disruption of the setting up and taking it down. I have the tv with the race on showing now, but hearing the car noise from the outside and on the tele is too much, so I am turning the tv off.

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  8. I guess one better be able to stand in your seat sparse trains and trams. They are very smart looking though. And clean! In Portland, a child was stabbed by a needle stuck from a drug addict stuck in a seat. I have not ridden the trains and light rail in Portland but I sure would if I lived up there, to avoid the traffic congestion, which is terrible.

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    1. Strayer, it seems like the light rail in Portland is so popular and led to such development, that is nearly a victim of its own success.

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