The forecast for today was a slight chance of rain, surely that would mean a good sunrise. As I thought about where to go, I thought about Heidelberg Train Station and how I’ve been meaning to go and take photos of it for some time. I thought, okay, the station is up on a hill, I should be able to get photos of it from there. Well, there was no sunrise, it was so overcast that there was no sun at all. Very frustrating.
To enter the train station you have to go underneath and come up a tunnel. You can see the age of the station as you walk up this tunnel, though I have worked on this image, of course, made it dark and it is hard to see that.
This is just one of hundreds, perhaps, train stations around Melbourne. Most of them are fairly boring. They are useful and practical, but nothing was done to help them look good in their environment. Apparently the Hawthorn station and the train station in Camberwell are beautiful. I haven’t seen them, but after hearing that, I might have to take a trip to check them out.
Part of the reason that I have included this train station in part of my weekend wanderings is because, well, you can’t just go to the train stations and take photos. You will need a permit, but don’t stress about it, they are easy to get. I have a link for you now for Filming and Photography at Metro Train Stations. You simply print out the permit, fill it in, sign it and make sure you have it with you when you go.
Make sure you have it with you because you will get asked, well most likely. I seriously did not think that if I went to Heidelberg Station that I would be asked for it, but I was. I was so glad I had it.
Also, read what it says, you aren’t allowed to use a flash, and whilst it doesn’t say this, be mindful of the passengers on the platform. Try not photograph them. In Melbourne the stations and their platforms are not considered public, and you don’t have permission to just photograph people. I did get people in my shots, but hopefully they are so small you can’t tell who they are.
This was the first train of the morning. Being a Sunday, it was really the only train I saw. It did stop, and I got some other shots. However, it was a long time between trains if you want to get stuff with them moving. I think to do that you would need to go at peak hour when there are lots of trains coming and going, well going in and out of the city. Heidelberg Station is quite good for that, because the platforms are like an island, so you could go from one side to another easily. Again, you have to be respectful. If you make a nuisance of yourself you will be asked to leave.
This is an old signal that has been kept as a reminder of how they used to be. Heidelberg did have other tracks for goods trains, and this signal was used for those and the passenger trains. Heidelberg Station was built and began in 1888. At that time it was the end of the line, that isn’t the case any more. This signal was further, or closer to the city end of the platform but was moved. It was first put in 1912 and was used until, actually I don’t know when, but it was put into its current place in 1994.
I have some images for you. I have worked on the above images quite a bit, but the remainder I have done basic processing. they are all HDR images processed with Photomatix Pro. I am going include the above images as well, so you can see them all together.
If you are interested in more of the history, then Wikipedia has a good page.
I forgot to mention before about the permit. The permit is only good for suburban train stations. You are not allowed to use it to take photos in the City Loop or any of those stations, so Parliament Station, Melbourne Central, or Flagstaff are not included on the permit. I don’t know about Flinders Street, but assume since it isn’t mentioned that you can photograph it.
Train stations are great to photograph, you can do some really great things. It isn’t great if you get told to leave. Not that that has happened to me. Maybe I will start doing them more often. Lots of ideas floating around in my head.