Tuesday, 29 March 2016

FLINDERS ST STATION, MORNING

Flinders Street 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 post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.

7 comments:

  1. Great looking train station!

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  2. I work 250 ms from Flinders St Railway Station and love both the architecture and the site of our best loved building. But as is the case with many cultural icons, its history over the decades has changed. Examine the railway station's gymnasium, ballroom, child minding facilities, library etc etc

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  3. That is one impressive station. So magnificent.

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  4. Wow! I have seen this building before. Would love to take a better look at it (and get inside, of course).

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  5. What a gorgeous building.
    It's a shame that trains are becoming somewhat less popular. They're a great way to travel, and often times the architecture at the station is almost like a museum - elegant and classic in design.
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  6. Unmistakably Melbourne.

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