Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Cum onnnnnn de train ...


The Premier of NSW is considering putting last year's "big" transport announcement, the $4.8 billion Metro Rail, on the back-burner in favour of investigating an upgrade to the existing "heavy" rail system.


These commuters were hanging about Central Station (aka Sydney Terminus), the hub of the State rail network which is housed in a quaint building at the southern end of the CBD that is reminiscent of an old air-craft hanger. Nothing as grand as Central Station in New York or St Pancras in London or Gare Nord in Paris.

I wonder which proposal our erstwhile commuters would prefer? One that delivers more on-time services, perhaps?

22 comments:

Serge Cornillet said...

Interesting pictures, good title too.
I don't know about the situation in your city, here in Spain it's difficult not to use the car,but I prefer trains and underground.
Bye,
Serge

Lily Hydrangea said...

I love the iron fencing with the circular design.
& that last shot with the man's hair and the way the light is hitting it is really beautiful.

Olivier said...

belle série d'instantané dans une gare.

brattcat said...

It's music to my ears that rail travel is being supported...no matter what direction it takes. These are great candids.

Woody said...

I really like this sequence, you've done an excellent job collecting very different people. I don't often find myself in areas with lots of people, so I'm not really comfortable with people shots.

Nancy C said...

Train stations and airports are fascinating to me--who are these people? Why are they traveling? What story is lurking in each mind?

Bill said...

Great people shots, Julie. Looking forward to catching a few trains when we're in Sydney in May.

Joan Elizabeth said...

All lovely but the bottom shot is my favourite says something about being out on the trains for a jaunt. I'm rather found the aircraft hanger look .. it suggests journeys to interesting places to me (even it is it only a trip down from the mountains or home again).

Julie said...

I adore the aircraft hanger look. Reeks of the "people's" terminus, rather than an opulent palace. The stories of the people that I imagine whilst mooching on the main concourse are a delight in my head.

Vicki said...

Great character studies as always, Julie. You photos really do tell a story.

Pat and Bruce Caspersonn said...

Never the less, I was very glad to hear that YOU took the XPT to Melbourne. I hope that you and I are not dieing breed. Good series of photos.
Bruce.

J Bar said...

Thanks for the reminder about the Vivid Festival Julie. I might link my post to my Fire Water post at Campbells Cove during the Vivid Festival last year. I saw something in the newspaper recently about planned light projections on more city buildings for the Vivid Festival this year.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Julie said...

For me, the highlight of VIVID '09 was the link to the history of the Quay/Rocks/Millers Point. That made it come totally to life. I will note it in my diary for the Queens Bday W/end.

Pat and Bruce Caspersonn said...

Julie, I have been trying ALL day to see ALL of your postings to-day. My computer is getting old I think. To-morrow is another day.
Bruce.

Ann said...

I've always liked Sydney Terminal, there's that sense of going somewhere special, not just the normal daily commute.

Aren't the Vivid projections along Macquarie Street going to be of Macquarie because of the anniversary. I thought I read that somewhere.

Tulsa Gentleman said...

Your photos always have a kind of snap to them, something to do with the light maybe. I like your new profile picture too. The old one was rather stern. My free opinions are worth what you pay for them.

Jilly said...

What a marvellous series of people shots - just makes me weary and feel I'm travelling with them. Oh yes, hurry up the train. You sure do draw us into the atmosphere of it all, Julie.

Mirela said...

Great shots... my fav is the old man.

Jouir la vie said...

Great pictures with clear colors...
Servus and have a nice day
Kvelli

diane said...

Great people shots. The way you catch the light on them is very clever. Now where's are the shots of the station?

Julie said...

Diane, the station itself can be seen in an older post at http://sydney-eye.blogspot.com/2009/05/mid-month-theme-subway-day.html

Thank you dear friends for you heartening words. I do like working with people in my posts.

IvyC. said...

Good "EYE" Julie!