Thursday, April 22, 2021

A trip with no point

Usually when I use public transport, it is a reason to get somewhere and it is often a better option than car driving. 

There is the odd occasion when I use public transport just because I can and my visit to Sunbury Station on a VLine train (country) was such an occasion and what a nice experience it was. VLocity trains are quite comfortable if a little noisy as the diesel motors roar into life to generate electricity to drive the electric motors. 

I think the train takes about 15 slow minutes to reach Footscray Station and then speeds on for another 15 minutes as an express to Sunbury, reaching 140 km/h. I really liked what I saw in the fifteen minutes I spent at Sunbury before a return train arrived. I will return. The station and the surrounding area looked so nice. 

This cafe is called the Jolly Miller. I like the name and there were plenty of people sitting outside with food and coffee.


It is rare to have a train station surrounded by such gardens.



Note the tower in the background. 


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  1. It looks like a lovely outing. Country railway stations (in Central West NSW) often had lovely gardens. I often admired them.

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    1. So rare here EC, but this one was rather nice.

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  2. Well I suppose ‘the point is’ that it got you out of the house into fresh air and pastures new. A there’s that old saying- a change is as good as a rest!
    And of course the country trains have much nicer seating the suburban ones. Or at least the ones I’ve been on have.

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    1. Cathy, yes, got to do stuff out and about. i really like country trains.

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  3. I like the idea of taking a train ride 'just because you can'! I never think of doing that Andrew, maybe it's time 😉

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    1. I'll just keep on urging you Grace.

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  4. I do respect place that have mass transport for people who either want to come or leave the city.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. Dora, while people do drive to our city, we think they are mad.

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  5. When I lived in London, on wet Sundays we would often take the tube to the end of the line; there were plenty to chose from. We'd have lunch on the platform, then return to the station for which we'd bought the ticket; which was usually one station away from home. A day out for the cost of a sandwich.

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    1. Cro, what a perfect outing. You see things alone the way, sit with people and there is some kind of purpose to the adventure.

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  6. There's a cafe in that first picture? Even with enlarging it I could read any signs.
    The surrounding gardens are very lovely.

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    1. River, yes the café can be seen, the Jolly Miller. I have threatened to take R there.

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    2. When/if you go you could sing this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDy07YaVLwQ

      As the jolly miller sang:

      "I would not change my station for any other in life."

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    3. MC, that is interesting. I assume the café name and the music are connected.

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  7. If you hadn't told me, I wouldn't even guess those were pictures of a train station.

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    1. Kirk, some stations are worth featuring, and some have surrounds that are better.

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  8. Wow! This looks so wonderful and peaceful. I wouldn't mind hanging out at the Jolly Miller either. Hope you're doing well! Hugs, RO

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    1. RO, we are yet to experience the Jolly Miller but I think it will be good. Thanks.

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  9. One of my trips over the weekend, was just to go and come back, to get out of the house.

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    1. Travel, I don't think I've ever stayed at home all day but memory can be so unreliable.

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  10. I too just want to get out of the house each day, sitting for one hour in the sunshine. The Jolly Miller looks lovely but Sunbury would be perfect only in summer when the sun is guaranteed. But from May on, I imagine we will be sitting inside :(

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    1. Hels, it has to be very bad weather for us to sit inside. I was honestly surprised by my first impressions of Sunbury.

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  11. Looks like a nice destination. You should have stayed for coffee and had a wander!

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    1. Steve, a reason to return on a nice day.

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  12. What a gorgeous setting. It reminded of the rail stations of old in Ireland. Always a joy to the eye with various plantings and layouts of flowers.

    I remember riding the subway rails in Toronto all over the place with no destination with my granddaughter who got out at each station to chat to the train driver :). Not in rush hour :)

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, riding public transport is a pretty relaxing thing to do.

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  13. The gardens by the station are quite pretty, certainly a worthwhile trip Andrew.

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    1. Sami, I am pleased I made the small effort.

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  14. That's a beautiful train station!

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    1. One of our better ones, Strayer.

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