Southern Cross station 6-30am by golftragic

Southern Cross station 6-30am

To travel to Swan Hill to visit my son I need to catch a train from Geelong at 5:30am to make sure of making the connection to the only daytime train. One could be forgiven for thinking Melbourne is asleep at that hour from the look at these surburban trains but now see the photo in my alternate album.
What a contrast! I like the purple and your perspective
February 7th, 2020  
@jgpittenger Thanks Jane, very good of the architect/s to put a raised concourse there wasn't it?
February 7th, 2020  
@jgpittenger The purple and yellow trains are used between the regional cities and Melbourne.
February 7th, 2020  
Great view of modern trains and life under that wavy roof. Fun fo me to see. I haven’t ever been to the new Southen Cross Station.
February 7th, 2020  
@ethelperry It's (mostly) a vast improvement on the old Spencer Street station. The architecture is very interesting (and photogenic), but it seems to me that nobody thought very hard about the noise levels of the diesel-electric locomotive engines used on the the country trains when they're idling under a roof. And, of course those engines are best kept idling rather than turned off. Bloomin' deafening!!!
February 7th, 2020  
Looks so busy in the other photo, and so calm here. This looks like a beautiful station. Interesting to read your response to Ethel about the improvement.
February 7th, 2020  
@taffy The contrast was quite striking, but fairly easily explained. The two purple and gold trains are (diesel-electric, but quiet) regional inter-city, the blue ones are Metro aka urban electric. The former are just sitting there parked ready to rock 'n roll back down the line, the latter have just arrived.
February 7th, 2020  
@taffy As for the stations, the old one was rather grotty, dark and well-worn, not to mention not really designed to cater for modern expectations, eg disabled access. SC is not all that new these days.
February 7th, 2020  
A fabulous capture of this beautiful station and wonderful trains. We used to have that too years ago, until some idiots decided it is fun to torch trains and turn stations into rat holes.
February 7th, 2020  
This is a very good capture of the trains
February 7th, 2020  
Love the lines, especially that of the roof. The platforms devoid of passengers show up the lines well
February 7th, 2020  
What a colourful lot of trains and lovely architecture. Pity about the noise though.
February 7th, 2020  
This is rather elegant looking...
February 7th, 2020  
This capture makes it look better that it really is!! Hope you had a good trip and your son is mending well.
February 7th, 2020  
Just popping in briefly. I love this station.

We have had about 180 mm rain over the last two days. How good is that! All the plants in the garden are coming back to life.
February 8th, 2020  
@ludwigsdiana Oh gosh, how sad. Why on earth would people vandalise their own infrastructure?
February 9th, 2020  
@777margo thank you.
February 9th, 2020  
@fbailey Thanks FB, First time ever I've ever seen it like that!
February 9th, 2020  
@dide Just what I think every time I'm sitting on a platform waiting for my train with a big loco idling on the other side!
February 9th, 2020  
@vignouse Looks can be deceiving!
February 9th, 2020  
@gilbertwood Yeah, you got it! The trip was good, spent a week up there with the family. Australia Day BBQ at the river with the Bendigo lot coming up too was totally excellent. As for my boy, he's coping pretty well all things considered. The surgeon has assured him he'll have 70% functionality when it's all done and dusted (thumb and index finger were unscathed).
February 9th, 2020  
@onewing Thanks Babs I owe you (and Rachel) a proper newsy email, hope to get to that soon-ish. Pls send down some, not all!!, of your rain.
February 9th, 2020  
Oh heck - didn’t realise your son had major hand problems but having a working thumb and index finger sounds positive at least.
February 9th, 2020  
@golftragic No worries Marnie. I haven't emailed Rachel yet either, will get round to it as soon as my feet stop running.
100 mm rain again yesterday and another 40 mm since 10 am today and it is now 5.30 pm, we have just got back from the theatre and will be out again in half an hour with a group of friends for dinner.
February 9th, 2020  
Wow what a contrast
February 14th, 2020  
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