Queenscliff Railway Station by Lynden

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Queenscliff Railway Station

Top Ten Finalist in “Australian Railways – Past & Present” Challenge

The Town of Queenscliff had its beginnings about 1852, when the State Government subdivided the area originally known as Shortlands Bluff as a seaside resort. Queenscliff became quite a popular resort with boats calling daily from many places, & Cobb & Co. coaches forming a road to Geelong.
However, the position that the town was in gave it an importance. The resort was important because of the Heads of Port Phillip Bay & the need to defend the city of Melbourne. The best place to defend Melbourne was at the Heads. On a prominent piece of land in Queenscliff, overlooking the Heads, Fort Queenscliff was built.

In September 1878, a contract was let for the construction of the Victorian Railways branch line from South Geelong to Queenscliff to service Fort Queenscliff so that Australia could be better defended. Messrs. Topham, Angus & Smith won the contract & for 58,997 pounds the line was built. It is interesting to note that the 21 mile long railway was constructed & opened in less than 9 months after the contract was let.

On May 21, 1879, The Governor of Victoria, The Marquis of Normanby, officially opened the Queenscliff branch line. A celebratory banquet was held afterwards in the Grand Hotel at Queenscliff.

In 1975 and 1976 many Victorian country branch lines were announced to be closing. One of the first to close was the Queenscliff line. The final day came on November 6 1976.
Source: Bellarine Railway History website

Location: Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Camera: Canon EOS 50D
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm f3.5 – 6.3 @ 78mm
Exposure: f11, 1/50, ISO100, RAW, Handheld
Processing: Photomatix 3.2 (±1, 3exp) & Photoshop CS4

Lynden is from Geelong, Victoria, Australia and has been a photographer since the 1980’s and producing digital images since 2003.

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  • Christine Smith
    Christine Smithover 4 years ago

    Great POV Lynden.

  • Gary Gurr
    Gary Gurrover 4 years ago

    Great capture Lynden.

  • Thanks Gary!

    – Lynden

  • Leee
    Leeeover 4 years ago

    Great photo :D

  • Thanks Leanne!

    – Lynden

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • SPDF
    SPDFover 4 years ago

    Awesome bro, and a great example of HDR at work.

  • Thanks Sean, I appreciate the comment!

    – Lynden

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 4 years ago

    Very nice shot,..excellent pov,…great light,…

  • Thank you very much for the comment John!

    – Lynden

  • Terry Everson
    Terry Eversonover 4 years ago
    Great image Lyndon and well produced and nice bit of info. Would you be interested in joining the `Australian Travel Photography and Writing Group` If you join you may like contribute an article to our E-Magazine `Discover Australia`. You can see details about that in the forum.
  • Thanks for the comment Terry! And the invitation, I have joined.

    – Lynden

  • Glen Smith
    Glen Smithover 4 years ago

    Lynden, this is a great photo.

  • Thanks Glen!

    – Lynden

  • Ray Warren
    Ray Warrenover 4 years ago

    great shot, the lighting and processing are excellent

  • Appreciate the comment Ray!

    – Lynden

  • SteffiCraig
    SteffiCraigover 4 years ago

    Your photos are stunning!!!

  • Appreciate your comments Steffi!

    – Lynden

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