Friday, September 07, 2018

A few photos taken while waiting for a train

South Yarra Station is mega busy with three sets of dual tracks passing through the station to service four train routes. It is also a major transfer point for passengers from train to tram and vice versa. It is perhaps the second busiest station outside of the city, Richmond being busier. In peak times this sole entrance is very crowded as the trains also bring in masses of school children too.


New buildings mocking the mock Tudor buildings. It is Sunday morning so things are pretty quiet today.


Just at the side of the station is what I think an old electric substation, perhaps for trains, but more likely trams. It is now a nightclub called Rah Bar. It has a very cool Moroccan themed interior. There are some photos here. It is much larger inside than it appears.

Later: I have just remembered there was a tram electrical substation nearby and I made mention of it in this post about Le Louvre, an upmarket frock shop which reopened in the substation.


At the side of bridge over the cutting where the trains travel is the old South Yarra Post Office. There is now a miserable little post shop somewhere in Toorak Road.


A new building was bulit connected to the rear and was controversial at the time, but I think it works well enough. It doesn't dominate or tower over the old. Both the old and the new hold commercial premises.

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  1. in the second photo architecture of house is similar to German ones

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    1. Gosia, and are probably original. These ones are just copies of the style.

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  2. The Rah Bah looks a glitzy venue.
    I do love the retention/recreation of older styles.

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    1. EC, yes a pretty cool place inside.

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  3. The front of the old South Yarra Post Office looks very grand. We built with pride back then.

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    1. Hels, we did. Today's buildings are generally quite disposable after a couple of decades. I have seen them go up and then pulled down.

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  4. The South Yarra Post Office is quite a handsome building.

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    1. Sandra, many similar post offices were demolished and I am so glad this one was kept.

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  5. A nice visit to part of South Yarra...thanks, Andrew. :)

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    1. Lee, a bit more of South Yarra to come on Sunday.

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  6. The station looks more like a theatre, or even an ice rink. The Post Office is quite something!

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    1. Cro, I know the station so well I can't really look at it objectively.

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  7. The mock Tudor buildings look like a little pocket of Bavaria has been dropped into Melbourne. I like the look of that old Post Office, but not the gray newer bit behind.

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    1. Haha River, so true. There is another area of Toorak Road with mock Tudor too. No, I don't suppose anyone really likes the new building behind, but it could have been much worse.

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  8. Always a good way to pass the time while waiting for a train.
    Merle............

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    1. Merle, sometimes just missing a train can be annoying, but not always.

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  9. Always nice to have a look around while waiting for the train, there's always something interesting.
    Have a nice weekend Andrew

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    1. Thanks Sami. I will have a mural post for Monday.

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  10. Love the Mock Tudor as I have spent a lot of time in both England and Germany. To be authentic English it would need a thatch roof!
    We built and still build a lot with red brick. Quite common here. I love the look. Not for an entire house, but would love a nice cozy home with brick at the base, cedar shakes and then a chimney with red brick.
    That Post Office is a gem!
    You are correct about today's "super structures"! They are the brain child of architects that played with Lego's. They do not endure.

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    1. Maribeth, I don't think we ever thatched here, although I am sure the knowledge came with the early settlers and convicts. Your bricks often depend on your local clay. Cedar shakes or shades?

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    2. Cedar shakes are cedar shingles for the house's exterior. I will take a picture when I get home.

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  11. That old building is beautiful I think.

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    1. Strayer, and very good that it was saved.

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  12. Love the old post office building Andrew, one of the worst curses of the internet is that it has made these gorgeous old post offices obsolete, it's the same here, our fabulous post office is now an H&M, I remember when we first arrived in Perth, it was such a pleasure to go in there.. ah well, I should be grateful it's still there oui!

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