The wheels on the train go round and round, tra la la, grinding away the track and the wheels as they go. This is normal but our trains have been grinding excessively, quickly wearing out wheels and tracks. I began my outing at Windsor Station, as that is where I was. We have some quite ugly train stations but I like Windsor Station.
An old style travel poster, promoting a family train trip to the tourist attraction, Sovereign Hill in Ballarat.
Is this a path or is it not a path? I and others were using it as a path and you can see where people step off the concrete to get around the pole.
I had heard about this train viewing platform via the blog of Daniel Bowen. I don't mind stopping to watch a train or two pass by, but that is about my limit. I am not an 'enthusiast', not that there is anything wrong with that mind.
Train wheels are very topical here in the State of Victoria. It is clever how these old wheels were incorporated into the structure.
The platform gives an excellent view of what is known as the North Melbourne Fly Over, a substantial new structure to get regional trains over suburban trains lines. The trains were crawling along the track at an absurdly low speed. The track has since been replaced, as have many train wheels, but the repercussions will not end until mid year, with bus substitution for many regional train trips.
It seems that the tracks were not been regularly lubricated and on these tight curves, wheels and tracks were wearing out very quickly. In the ten or so minutes I stood there, quite a number of regional trains slowly crawling over the fly over.
It is hard to believe that trains have been running their iron wheels on steel track for over 150 years, yet some quite basic things in this case seem to have not been done. Rapidly wearing track from rapidly wearing wheels has also seen some early wear on our suburban trains too. The wheel is a very good object and does not need re-inventing, but it does need to be cared for. Here comes one of our high speed Vlocity trains, that can run at 160 km/h, crawling along at something like 25 km/h. Sorry and excuse me, but you are not impressed that our regional trains can travel at 160 km/h because you recently heard that the Flying Scotsman, a steam train, could travel at 160 km/h between London and Edinburgh back in 1923? We've come a long way baby, not.
Later: I futilely hoped to install some outrage in R by telling him our regional trains travel at the same speed as the Flying Scotsman did back in 1923. After being together for 37 years, he then informed me, my Uncle Alex (his mother's brother) used to sort the mail on the Flying Scotsman. No sweetheart, you had not mentioned that before. It is not the sort of thing I would forget.