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The Day The Trains Died (144/365)

144/365 (May 11)


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A long long time ago

I can still remember how the trains used to make me smile

And I knew if I had my chance

That I could make those people dance

And maybe they'd be happy for a while

But Connex made me shiver

With every passenger I'd deliver

Late Trains on the doorstep

I couldn't take one more step

I can't remember if I cried

When I read about his widowed bride

But something touched me deep inside

The day the trains died


American Pie - Don Maclean (with variations made on the lyrics, of course).


Something went wrong with the Werribee line today, and 100's of people were stranded at footscray station, so of course I took photos, as they pushed themselves up the walkway.


taken from one of my comments further down: I was lucky for this shot, the original walk I had planned was just down by the river to take photos of a pretty average sunset, and had just decided to go up to the station, partly because I thought I might see my brother, as he came home, and just for some more photos, given that I knew I hadn't taken crap by the river.

But here I am, arriving at the station, and there is this enormous crowd of people and announcements going of everywhere, with people on other platforms crowding around trying to work out what had happened.

I asked around, and it turned out something had gone wrong with the line (I later heard there had been an oil spill) so I got up on the footbridge, made sure I wasn't in people's way too much, and took photos as they pushed up the ramp!


It's something about an event or something happening which have me more confidence to take photos like this. If it was an ordinary day I wouldn't have had the guts, but because something special had happened, it was an event, and it felt like people wouldn't notice/care about me as much, for there was more reason for me to be taking the photo. As someone said, as they walked past - "Sell the photos to the Herald Sun," they knew it was something different. There were other people taking photos as well, on their mobiles, that also made me less worried.


Footscray Station, Melbourne


Hey guys, I entered this in the Flickr 64 Challenge for round one. And it won! Check out the group, it's a pretty cool idea!

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Taken on May 11, 2009