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...and every now and then a great combo!

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31Jul/150

Chasing the Maryvale Paper Train

Well, not really chasing, more like just being in the right place at the right time. It turns out they've flipped the schedule on this and the UP service now runs through to the CBD at around 2pm daily.

This is nothing short of perfectly timed. The steel runs down around 3 hours earlier... it's therefore good to go and stretch the legs when these services come through the area.

Malvern Station

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Armadale Station

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Toorak Station

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Hawksburn Station

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Just past Hawksburn

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South Yarra Station

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Just after South Yarra Station

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The curve after South Yarra, just before Richmond...

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Richmond Station

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Nice and colourful... no post processing on any pics!

21Jul/150

Long Island Steel Train

Numerous sightings over the last 6mths... and it'll continue.
Living in the neighbourhood allows me to either grab a coffee and watch the consist pass or try to sleep and hear it take the bend south of South Yarra Station. Only when the tracks are wet does it choose to take that corner silently.

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Every now and then the driver also chooses to select notch 8 when climbing towards Toorak Station. I'd really love to live closer to hear and feel it.

You can see that the early morning up seems to be rather bare. I've seen this train randomly in the past and, back then, hadn't bothered to record the timings. The current goal is to fill a full row out. It usually passes Richmond Station at around 6am... so I'll have to be keen.

Averages 0505 1156 1354 1843 2019 2340
(9552) Morning Up (9553) Midday Down (9557) 2pm Down (9556) Afternoon Up (9558) Evening Up (9555) Midnight Down
2015-02-11 2358
2015-02-12 1850
2015-02-13 1857 2349
2015-02-16 1148 2333
2015-02-18 2359
2015-02-19 1851
2015-02-20 2348
2015-02-21 2338
2015-02-22 2348
2015-02-23 1851 0012
2015-02-25 0047
2015-02-26 2347
2015-03-02 1205
2015-03-03 1848 2350
2015-03-04 0008
2015-03-05 1848
2015-03-06 1850 2316
2015-03-07 1938
2015-03-10 1144 1851
2015-03-13 2334
2015-03-15 2331
2015-03-16 1208 1856 2348
2015-03-17 2322
2015-03-19 2354
2015-03-22 2336
2015-03-23 1131 1854 2358
2015-03-24 2350
2015-03-25 2352
2015-03-28 1249 1850 0005
2015-03-29 1143
2015-03-30 2339
2015-03-31 1855
2015-04-01 1850 2357
2015-04-08 1905 0030
2015-04-09 1853 2355
2015-04-13 1146 1843 0016
2015-04-16 1853
2015-04-19 1203
2015-04-20 1205
2015-04-21 2341
2015-04-22 0103
2015-04-26 1138
2015-04-27 1139
2015-05-03 1248
2015-05-04 1139 0005
2015-05-11 1138 2359
2015-05-14 2359
2015-05-15 0049
2015-05-17 1213 0001
2015-05-19 2340
2015-05-20 2346
2015-05-22 2320
2015-05-25 1121
2015-05-26 2353
2015-05-27 0003
2015-05-28 2358
2015-05-29 1849
2015-05-30 1232
2015-05-31 1207 1636
2015-06-01 1137
2015-06-07 1250
2015-06-10 0028
2015-06-11 1855 2331
2015-06-15 2350
2015-06-17 2345
2015-06-18 0010
2015-06-21 2327
2015-06-23 1850
2015-06-30 1158
2015-07-01 1154
2015-07-03 1155
2015-07-06 1200
2015-07-09 1125 2349
2015-07-10 1147
2015-07-11 1138
2015-07-12 1909
2015-07-13 1140
2015-07-15 1138 2328
2015-07-16 1138 0001
2015-07-19 1201 2332
2015-07-20 1146 1854
2015-07-21 1143
2015-07-22 1149 1858
2015-07-23 1222 1853
2015-07-27 1138 1852
2015-07-28 1150 0005
2015-07-29 2349
2015-07-30 1145
2015-08-01 1158
2015-08-02 2311
2015-08-04 1138 2333
2015-08-05 1140
2015-08-06 0017
2015-08-07 1148
2015-08-25 1138
2015-08-26 1138
2015-08-28 1159
2015-08-31 1139 1855
2015-09-01 1155
2015-09-02 1139 1855
2015-09-03 1203 2357
2015-09-07 1145
2015-09-08 1358
2015-09-09 1140 1851
2015-09-10 1155 0001
2015-09-11 1139
2015-09-12 2343
2015-09-14 1230
2015-09-15 1155
2015-09-16 1226
2015-09-20 1215
2015-09-21 1137 2356
2015-09-23 2336
2015-09-24 1155 1850
2015-09-25 1205 1854 2355
2015-09-26 1906
2015-09-28 1143
2015-09-30 1148
2015-10-03 1242
2015-10-05 1124
2015-10-12 0008
2015-10-14 0032
2015-10-18 0739 1400 2013 2343
2015-10-19 2024
2015-11-10 1159
2015-11-11 1153
2015-11-12 1852
2015-11-25 2355
2015-11-26 1811
2015-11-30 0037
2015-12-02 0029
2015-12-03 0003
2015-12-07 1820
2015-12-08 2016
2015-12-09 0000
2015-12-10 1155
2015-12-11 1207
2015-12-14 1812
2015-12-16 1851 0005
2015-12-20 1804 2329
2016-01-02 2326
2016-01-03 2349
2016-01-04 1853
2016-01-06 1207
2016-01-07 1157 2343
2016-01-09 2355
2016-01-10 1253 1802 2341
2016-01-11 0416 2358
2016-01-12 0357 1154 1901
2016-01-13 1827 2354
2016-01-14 2354
2016-01-16 0551 2336
2016-01-17 1803
2016-01-19 0527 1851 0029
2016-01-20 1158 0017
2016-01-21 0500 1850
2016-02-01 0350 2026 0028
2016-02-02 0557 1850 0014
2016-02-03 0454 2015
2016-02-04 2027
2016-02-05 0520
2016-02-06 2336
2016-02-07 1229 1701
2016-02-08 0432 1854
2016-02-09 0428 1903 0009
2016-02-11 1901
2016-02-12 2027
2016-02-15 2350
2016-02-16 1851 0023
2016-02-17 0517 0020
2016-02-18 0527 1855 2015 0020
2016-02-20 0421 1733
2016-02-22 1154 1355 1853 2013 0020
2016-02-23 1154 1348
19Nov/140

Melbourne August/September 2014

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.

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BG Steel with Green G

A green Pacific National G spent a weekend on the steel train.

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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.

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Railside in Cremorne

There is a pretty cool spot just before the Yarra river in Cremorne to take morning photos.

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Batman St Overpass: Cremorne

And then there's the Batman St overpass, but it's a little too under-the-level.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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And the final steel for the month...

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15May/140

South Yarra and Hawksburn

The Neighbourhood

South Yarra is a suburb of Melbourne located to the south-east of the city grid. It is a junction for the Sandringham line which splits from the Cranbourne/Pakenham and Frankston lines. Being two stops from Flinders Street Station (which may as well be known as 'Central' for suburban services) it sees a lot of traffic.

The next stop down the main line is Hawksburn and there's some fairly scenic spots along the line between these two stations. There's also a lot of traffic to be seen during daylight hours.

Most of this traffic is Metro Trains Melbourne's standard suburban stock of either the Siemens EMUs or the refurbed Comeng EMUs. Every now and then a V/Line V/Locity or N-Class hauled long-distance passenger service will come through.

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N-Class V/Line Consist

Every so often, you'll see a freight train. There's currently four services that frequent the area:

  • Long Island Steel Train
    The first off the list has a scheduled path daily around 11:30am. It doesn't often hit this mark, usually much closer to 10:30am on weekdays and then midday on weekends.
  • Apex Gravel Train
    I've sighted the gravel train infrequently. It usually appears at around 8pm on weekdays and I've not successfully captured it during any daylight hours.
  • Morwell Paper Train
    The paper train has made an appearance in the steel train timeslots once or twice. I don't know it's exact schedule and that makes it even harder to spot.
  • Kensington Grain
    This train reverses via Caulfield or Pakenham every so often.

South Yarra Station

Everything south-bound comes through here. Heading north, you get 8 tracks towards Richmond. These tracks all cross the Yarra River at the same time on a very plain concrete bridge. Not very picturesque from afar, but there is a nice pedestrian bridge parallel to it on the east side. This bridge puts you within 2 feet of the bogies of anything southbound on the Pakenham/Dandenong line.

The platforms also provide a vantage point in either direction due to their length. There's a signal box and gantries that can provide good framing. The condos that are going up around the station also help.

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Hawksburn Station

This seems to be another one of Victorian Railways cookie-cutter station templates. 2 bi-directional lines pass through Hawksburn Station, one servicing Frankston and the other Cranbourne/Pakenham. The station was opened on the 7th of May 1879. You'll find that it is very similar to all other stations towards Caulfield.

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Locations

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See the map above for some great locations around the area. I've just realised I've left the bridge north of South Yarra Station off. Not too hard to find though.

Location A: My new favourite spot

Turns out there's a really nice S-Bend between South Yarra and Hawksburn which provides some great locations for capturing these services. The approach towards Hawksburn just before the Cromwell Road overpass provides a great angle to capture traffic from South Yarra with a good amount of scenery for framing. It's also very accessible, legal and, when it's not raining, has heaps of natural light.

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Wide shots allow great framing...

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Whereas the 200mm zoom on my NEX-5R nearly lets me get a good frame on the Jam Factory tunnel...

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Portrait shots work too...

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And if you're feeling game... you can also shoot backwards...

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Location B: Another spot on the way back to South Yarra

And, just in case you've been hanging for a service that hasn't arrived... you can follow the line back to South Yarra and, hopefully, not miss out on any shots. There's a little lane-way named Palfreyman Street. You'll want to be at the northern-most end of it. Once there, you're on the right-hand curve heading out of the Jam Factory tunnel. Depending on the time of day, the lighting can work here too.

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Location C: View from above

The Jam Factory carpark provides quite a good point for photos. You get to choose the elevation. Lighting is an issue though, especially at this time of year. As you are effectively looking east-west the sun will always be shining at you. Fortunately the condo in front of you can block the light (especially around freight-train-o-clock) and help with exposure.

I happened to catch the steel train here on the 17th of May 2014.

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Location D: No photos yet.

There's a few park benches on this grassy knoll; perfect for reading a book or a railway magazine and watching all 4 railway lines heading out of the city. You'll hear all the trains coming from the east as they approach the Jam Factory tunnel and slow down for the curve. You'll also hear anything in the other direction as they alert passengers via South Yarra Station.

I've not actually taken any shots from this location and have nothing to report. I'll do so at some point in the future and update this post.

Location E: Half-way between Hawksburn and Toorak Station

There's a pedestrian bridge half-way back between Toorak and Hawksburn Stations... The stairs on the north-side provide a good view of the rails coming from Hawksburn.

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