Wednesday, April 21, 2004

outer circle

The last link got me googling for nicknames for Melbourne (although if you have to google it, it's probably not a nickname?)
One of the pages returned was this List of closed Melbourne railway stations which was an intersting diversion.
Paisley sounds like a place for a psychadelic trip, but where were Barker and Shenley and Roystead - the latter names I have noticed while riding my bike on the old outer circle rail trail, which seems to be the fate of old rail lines.

A history of the Outer Circle Railway Anniversary Trail

see also Trains in The Distance, a personal reminiscence on railways, Melbourne and Model.
At last I will recreate the Outer Circle Line. In this way I will create the real Melbourne — the marvellous Melbourne that never quite came into existence — on that lawn in the future

Comments: outer circle

Though it's not closed, my favorite station what doesn't readily fall trippingly from the tongue is Anstey, the hidden jewel in the Upfield line.

(Actually Jewell is found 2 stops up and but it's far less sparkly than dear old Anstey.)
Posted by Sedgwick at April 21, 2004 03:52 PM

I liked "Chatam" in my commuting-from-the outer-east days. Descriptive of commuters, and even Onomatopoeic of train.

Elsewhere, 'Dennis' is pretty hard to beat.
(But I would have like to have been able to embark at Barker)

Posted by boynton at April 21, 2004 04:04 PM

Mind you, the City Circle Bicycle route that follows several kilometres of the old rail line is a lovely bike trip. So, at least some aspect of the line lives on.
Posted by phlip at April 23, 2004 10:08 AM

Yes - that link (from Roystead)has whetted the appetite. Must explore some more.
Posted by boynton at April 23, 2004 02:48 PM

i catch the train from chatham just about every we can see the Outer Circle (or the deepdene/east kew part)should have not been given the boot.
Posted by chris at May 27, 2004 05:36 PM

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