Friday, January 20, 2012

Train exiting a hotel

Memory is such an unreliable thing. This is not how I remember the train coming out of the Station Hotel in Greville Street, Prahran?

This is the hotel as it was last year. I think it is a posh/trendy place now.

I was doubtful that this is what it looked like, but by checking with Street View, all seems to add up. The house is now part of the hotel. Of course VR stands for Victorian Railways and not my father's mate Victor Richards. My father invented his mate when I asked why there was a VR on one of our teaspoons.

This photo shows the train being removed from the hotel after a private buyer bought it which is much nicer than it going for scrap. Photo from railpage.

The Station Hotel was a somewhat famous music venue, where ACDC and other groups of the day played. Maybe Ann O'Dyne could fill us in? What history is caught in photos. See the train passing? It is in an old livery and when the photo was taken there were pedestrian subways under the railway line that are no longer there.


  1. Is there a story to that train being there or was it simply a nice piece of art?

  2. Victor, you have never heard of the great train derailment at Prahran Station? That is because there wasn't one. Art and or to attract attention and customers.

  3. I was just going to ask how it got there. I reckon it should have stayed i liked it. I wonder where it is now?

  4. I love it, now that would certainly make people do a 'double take' as they walk by Andrew, not something that you see everyday!! Have a good weekend.

  5. Trains coming out of houses and pubs? ha ha

    The outside architecture of the Station Hotel still looks very fine, but what possessed them to paint it poo brown all over? It needs to be a light colour, with the decorative elements picked out in a different, sharper colour.

  6. Blah, was a great music venue,one of my cousins band played there before they hit the charts (then got taken for a ride, etc)was a great little pub.
    Loved the train, miss the pedestrian subway, much safer.

  7. Diane, it was only the front few metres of the train, just a shell. Someone bought it and it now under repair in a backyard.

    PDP, it certainly grabbed my attention when I saw it.

    I agree Hels, it is dull. Good architecture needs to be highlighted.

    Jayne, you brush with fame, apart from knowing me of course. Beats me why they are getting rid of subways.

  8. I think the before photo is better than the after.

  9. What's the story of the train in the house - how did it come about?

  10. Yes FruitCake, it did stop people in their tracks, pun intended.

    MC, it is just the front shell of a train. I suppose it was put there to attract attention, and it did.

  11. I missed this yesterday. I used to be a regular at that pub, long ago. I had an electric train just like that one too!

  12. Fen, I remember those trains. Google will tell you the make, model and number. I really don't care.

  13. Great photo of the street with the Sandringham train going upline on the level crossing.
    When The Snakepit (as the station was known) was rockin', the ding-ding-ding would often be heard between the blasts of amplified music. When that legendary album Live At The Station was produced, I suggested the ding-dings be included and they were.
    from wiki "Live at the Station (Lamington Records, LAM-332, 1976) by various artists, Wild Beaver Band, Myriad, Saltbush and The Dingoes, performed in the Lounge at the Station Hotel, Prahran over two nights in March 1976. It was re-issued by producer Keith Glass via his Missing Link label in 1981. A multi-track recorder was used in the back of a truck parked outside the Lounge door in Greville Street"

  14. Great info Ann, thanks. Might the album ever come out on cd?

  15. I was the house sound guy here and lived up stairs around 94/95/96. (You can see my balcony and bedroom windows in the top picture)

    My Sister and Her husband were running the place under lease until the building was sold to the same people that built the apartments at the back of the pub so there would be no live music to annoy the tenants.

    The closing of this venue was a sad affair and a loss to the Melbourne music community as a whole as we used to have cover bands on weekends, original bands during the week, Jazz during the day on Saturdays, Blues on Sundays.

    I met so many awesome people here in bands, patrons and other people that worked in the area.

    So many awesome stories and fun times....

    1. Thanks Lance. Very interesting. So really, no music venue is safe from developers. They just buy the pub and shut it down and proceed with the development. Disturbing really.