in the Australia at Large – Winter Streetscapes Challenge 20-07-2012
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens: @ 28mm, ISO: 200, Aperture: f6.3, Shutter: 1/60
Flinders Street Railway Station is situated at the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets in Melbourne, Australia. The building that is partially obsucured by low cloud behind the station is the Eureka Tower, a 297.3-metre (975 ft) skyscraper located in the Southbank precinct of Melbourne. Flinders Street is the oldest station in Australia, although the first station on this site opened in 1854! Preliminary work began in 1901, and on September 25, 1905, a contract was let for construction of the station building which was completed in 1910 at an estimated cost of 514,000 pounds. At last, the people of Melbourne had a station of which they could be proud. The concourse ran along the Swanston Street end, with ramps dropping down to each platform. A subway replaced the old footbridge at the Elizabeth Street entrance. Today it is the busiest suburban railway station in the southern hemisphere even after the completion of the city loop railway subway and its 700 metre main platform is the longest in the country. The clocks at the main entrance of the station were part of the original design plans, and remain in almost the same place as they did in the early years of construction. The 13 clocks are now operated by computer and indicate train departures to suburban lines. An attempt was once made to replace them with video screens, but the outcry was enormous and therefore they have remained. It is also well known as ‘the’ meeting place for Melburnians, expressed simply as “meet me under the clocks”, a reference to the clocks above the main entrance. Rumours abound that the plans for Bombay railway station and Flinders St railway station were mixed up in the designers’ office in London, and as a result the Bombay railway station now sits in Melbourne and the original Flinders St railway station was built in Bombay. While there’s no actual evidence to support this claim, Flinders Street Station has in fact had its influences reach further ashore. The Luz Station in Sao Paulo, Brazil was based on a design inspired by the lines of Flinders Street Station.