Monday, 1 July 2013

FLINDERS ST STATION

Flinders Street Station is a central commuter railway station at the corner of Flinders and Swanston streets in Melbourne, Australia. It serves the entire metropolitan rail network. Backing onto the city reach of the Yarra River in the heart of the city, the complex covers two whole city blocks and extends from Swanston Street to Queen Street.

It was the first railway station in an Australian city, the terminus for the first use of steam rail in Australia and the world's busiest passenger station in the late 1920s.The main station building, completed in 1909, is a cultural icon to Melbourne, with its prominent dome, arched entrance, tower and clocks it is one of the city's most recognisable landmarks. As such it is frequently used to symbolise the city and is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

The Melburnian idiom "I'll meet you under the clocks", refers to the row of clocks above the main entrance, which indicate the time-tabled time of departure for trains on each line; another idiom "I'll meet you on the steps", refers to the wide staircase underneath these clocks. Flinders Street Station is responsible for two of Melbourne's busiest pedestrian crossings, both across Flinders Street, including one of Melbourne's few pedestrian scrambles.

Each weekday, over 110,000 commuters and 1,500 trains pass through the station. It is the most used metropolitan railway station in Melbourne, in 2009 there was an average of 85,100 passenger boardings per day. Flinders Street is serviced by Metro's suburban services, and V/Line regional services to Gippsland.

This post is part of the Monday Mellow Yellows meme,
and also part of the Mandarin Orange Monday meme,
and also part of the Nature Footsteps Inspiring Photography meme,
and also part of the Blue Monday meme.






16 comments:

  1. The second image is my favourite!!! I love the angle, and the way the light catches or shines through the windows! As for the rest of the photos - I am impressed with how clean everything looks, and how modern the trains are!!

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  2. Beautiful blues. I love trains! My father worked on the railroad, so I especially thank you for this post.

    Happy Blue Monday, Nick.

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  3. Beautiful photos. Hope you could also share this on OYGIF.

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  4. Great shots and a wonderful description. Thank you for including it. I love them all but especially the architectural detail of the facade.

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  5. Excellent shots, I really like the one looking up the face of the station!!

    I'm visiting your page via 'NF Inspiring/Catching The Light'

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  6. Wonderful shots. Have a fabulous week!

    Liz (mlc)
    Liz (yacb)

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  7. Great post! Melbourne feels very European :) Greetings from Brisbane ~Pernilla

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  8. Great shots. Love the night time photos.

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  10. Great shots and I fell for the last picture.
    Best whishes.
    Mormor

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  11. A nice series Nick. I particularly like the perspective of the second one. I haven't seen a photo of our fab railway station taken from that angle before. Shows of the lead light windows really well.

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  12. Great photos. I played too. Mine are here and here.

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  13. my first impression is how clean it seems. Maybe due to light?

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  14. Love your blues! The building shot is my favorite but also love the trains.

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  15. Love the golden light and perspective! Great series. Thank you for sharing on Mandarin Orange Monday:)

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