Wednesday, 27 August 2014

FLINDERS ST STATION

Flinders Street railway station is a railway station on 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. Flinders Street is served by Metro's suburban services, and V/Line regional services to Gippsland. It is the busiest station on Melbourne's metropolitan network, with some 92.6 million passenger movements recorded in 2011/12.

It was the first railway station in an Australian city and the world's busiest passenger station in the late 1920s. The main station building, completed in 1909, is a cultural icon of Melbourne, with its prominent dome, arched entrance, tower and clocks one of the city's most recognisable landmarks. It 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.

This is a photo taken from high up on a building on the northern side of Flinders St and looks towards the southeast.

This post is part of the  the Waterworld Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.

11 comments:

  1. Great shot of that intriquing train station ~ always great photography!

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  2. What a yellow building that is so cool!

    Thank you for joining Water World Wednesday

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  3. Wow! Beautiful capture! Here is my entry - http://happinessandfood.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/cycling-is-indeed-happiness/

    Parul

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  4. Beautiful Shot - Great View. http://www.candoitmom.com/2014/08/wordless-wednesday-disney-details.html

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  5. That's a bright building! Cool picture.

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  6. Can't miss that bright yellow! What an interesting building!

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  7. I have worked, been entertained and eaten all my adult life in the City and have seen Flinders St Station most of those days. But only from the ground floor level, both inside and out. Your photo shows what the layout of the building actually looks like, much to my surprise.

    thanks for the link
    Hels
    http://melbourneblogger.blogspot.com.au/2010/12/sharing-caring-australian-railways-1910.html

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  8. Wow. I didn't know it was the world's busiest passenger station in the 1920's. Another claim to fame. Great vantage point.

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  9. This is a great shot, I never realised the station was so big! I still love to meet friends under the clocks at Flinders Street Station, it always seems to be the start of a great night.
    Wren x

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  10. What a great view of Flinders Street Station.

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