Only two months behind... here's the highlights from South Yarra over August/September this year.
Metro's Inspection Train
Metro have converted an old passenger car into an inspection vehicle. It's known as IEV102 has equipment for monitoring the lines it is dragged over. You'll always see it top-and-tailed by T classes.
BG Steel with Green G
A green Pacific National G spent a weekend on the steel train.
Steamrail to Eltham
Not quite South Yarra, but venturing out to see a steamer very early was rewarded by a surprise sighting of the other Metro inspection vehicle: IEV100.
Railside in Cremorne
There is a pretty cool spot just before the Yarra river in Cremorne to take morning photos.
Batman St Overpass: Cremorne
And then there's the Batman St overpass, but it's a little too under-the-level.
Carpark ramp at end of Palmer Parade
If you keep wandering down Batman St and take a right on Palmer Pde, you'll find a carpark (that looks abandoned.) It has a ramp that gives you an elevated view towards South Yarra Station. Of course, you're then stuck in the wires and the shot Northbound gets a lens full of sunlight in the morning.
Y class to Long Island
But then, something cool happened... BL Steel with a Y Class loco transfer! This supposedly happens once a year.. the loco gets swapped out for routine maintenance back in Dynon.
Between Hawksburn and South Yarra
Turns out that you can get some pretty clean shots facing towards Hawksburn... although you really have very little time to get ready. Zero visibility doesn't give you too much warning.