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Weekend Wanderings – Heidelberg Train Station

The forecast for today was a slight chance of rain, surely that would mean a good sunrise.  As I thought about where to go, I thought about Heidelberg Train Station and how I’ve been meaning to go and take photos of it for some time.  I thought, okay, the station is up on a hill, I should be able to get photos of it from there.  Well, there was no sunrise, it was so overcast that there was no sun at all.  Very frustrating.

Entering From UnderTo enter the train station you have to go underneath and come up a tunnel.  You can see the age of the station as you walk up this tunnel, though I have worked on this image, of course, made it dark and it is hard to see that.

Up to the StationAs you look around the station you can see how old it is in parts, though you can also see how much has been added to it over time.

This is just one of hundreds, perhaps, train stations around Melbourne.  Most of them are fairly boring.  They are useful and practical, but nothing was done to help them look good in their environment.  Apparently the Hawthorn station and the train station in Camberwell are beautiful.  I haven’t seen them, but after hearing that, I might have to take a trip to check them out.

Part of the reason that I have included this train station in part of my weekend wanderings is because, well, you can’t just go to the train stations and take photos.  You will need a permit, but don’t stress about it, they are easy to get.  I have a link for you now for Filming and Photography at Metro Train Stations.  You simply print out the permit, fill it in, sign it and make sure you have it with you when you go.

Make sure you have it with you because you will get asked, well most likely.  I seriously did not think that if I went to Heidelberg Station that I would be asked for it, but I was.  I was so glad I had it.

Empty Train Platform

Also, read what it says, you aren’t allowed to use a flash, and whilst it doesn’t say this, be mindful of the passengers on the platform.  Try not photograph them.  In Melbourne the stations and their platforms are not considered public, and you don’t have permission to just photograph people.  I did get people in my shots, but hopefully they are so small you can’t tell who they are.

Trains Leaving

This was the first train of the morning.  Being a Sunday, it was really the only train I saw.  It did stop, and I got some other shots.  However, it was a long time between trains if you want to get stuff with them moving.  I think to do that you would need to go at peak hour when there are lots of trains coming and going, well going in and out of the city.  Heidelberg Station is quite good for that, because the platforms are like an island, so you could go from one side to another easily.  Again, you have to be respectful.  If you make a nuisance of yourself you will be asked to leave.

Signal No. 4This is an old signal that has been kept as a reminder of how they used to be.  Heidelberg did have other tracks for goods trains, and this signal was used for those and the passenger trains.  Heidelberg Station was built and began in 1888.  At that time it was the end of the line, that isn’t the case any more.  This signal was further, or closer to the city end of the platform but was moved.  It was first put in 1912 and was used until, actually I don’t know when, but it was put into its current place in 1994.

I have some images for you.  I have worked on the above images quite a bit, but the remainder I have done basic processing.  they are all HDR images processed with Photomatix Pro.  I am going include the above images as well, so you can see them all together.

If you are interested in more of the history, then Wikipedia has a good page.

I forgot to mention before about the permit.  The permit is only good for suburban train stations.  You are not allowed to use it to take photos in the City Loop or any of those stations, so Parliament Station, Melbourne Central, or Flagstaff are not included on the permit.  I don’t know about Flinders Street, but assume since it isn’t mentioned that you can photograph it.

Train stations are great to photograph, you can do some really great things.  It isn’t great if you get told to leave.  Not that that has happened to me.  Maybe I will start doing them more often.  Lots of ideas floating around in my head.

95 Comments
  1. Great shots, even without a sunrise! And, love the one with the train rushing by…

    May 5, 2013
    • Thanks John, I was really happy with that one. Lucky I got it, 40 minutes in between trains was too much for that time of the morning.

      May 5, 2013
      • You’ve got much more patience than I .. I don’t know that I could have sat there 40 mins. 🙂

        May 5, 2013
      • OH John I have no patience at all, I didn’t wait, I knew with that one train it was my only chance, LOL

        May 5, 2013
      • Well, for a one chance only shot, it’s pretty darn good!

        May 5, 2013
      • 🙂 thanks John.

        May 5, 2013
  2. Your photographs are an absolute pleasure to look at.

    May 5, 2013
    • Thank you, that is a wonderful thing to write.

      May 5, 2013
  3. Reblogged this on The Arkside of Thought.

    May 5, 2013
  4. I like trainstations – the ray out lonelyness and a special feeling. Good images!

    May 5, 2013
  5. superbe ambiance

    May 5, 2013
  6. I love train stations! Thanks for posting!

    May 5, 2013
    • You’re very welcome, I hope you enjoyed them.

      May 5, 2013
  7. johnlmalone #

    great shots. I love and respect your passion for photography. If you want to achieve in any field you have to be obsessive

    May 5, 2013
    • Thank you, I am certainly obsessed about it, haha.

      May 5, 2013
  8. I goes without saying that I would enjoy your photography….that is always worth taking the time to view. And the commentary was interesting. thanks for that also.

    May 5, 2013
    • What a wonderful thing to say, thank you.

      May 5, 2013
  9. mikew66 #

    Wonderful
    I also love the one with the moving train, what a great location
    Mike

    May 5, 2013
    • Thank you Mike, it is a great train station.

      May 5, 2013
  10. Beautiful, as always! And I love the creative way you place your watermark within the picture.

    May 5, 2013
    • Thanks Matthew, I try to be creative, I like trying to hide it and to make it less obvious.

      May 5, 2013
  11. The second shot is awesome with the shadows cast down the diagonals of the ramp from the roof trusses. So much depth and yet still pulling your eye to the station entrance.

    May 5, 2013
    • I couldn’t see those when I was just looking, but then as I looked through the camera I saw them and knew it was important to get them. Thank you Christopher.

      May 5, 2013
  12. Reblogged this on Chaotiqual.

    May 5, 2013
  13. Moody stuff. Trains stations have tons of atmosphere. They’re where stories begin and end, full of promise and longings.

    May 5, 2013
    • That’s fantastic, I love it. Thanks

      May 5, 2013
  14. a really cool, dream-hazed place )

    May 5, 2013
    • Thank you, it does have a great feel.

      May 5, 2013
  15. I would never have thought that a permit would be necessary to take photos in a train station. I wonder if it’s the same in other cities.

    May 5, 2013
    • I wouldn’t have either. Even the way you get it is quite weird. You just print it, sign it and then you have it. I don’t really understand it, they have no idea who has them and who doesn’t. All I can think of is that you agree to the terms on it and it is there way of you knowing what they are. I have no idea about other cities.

      May 5, 2013
  16. Wow I love your train station pics!! The old signal is awesome! I am a train operator in my city, there are no permits here for us so people can photograph anything . In some ways the permit idea would be cool if we had that too. I love your photography!

    May 5, 2013
    • Thank you Lisa, that is amazing, being a train operator that is. I suspect the Melbourne is one of the few cities where you require one, we seem to need permits for quite a few things. I think it’s only saving grace is that it isn’t hard to get it. Thank you again.

      May 5, 2013
  17. choppy123 #

    Brilliant photos, absolutely loved the first three the most 🙂

    May 5, 2013
    • Thank you, do you mean the first three in the post, or the first three in the gallery, either way thanks again. 🙂

      May 5, 2013
      • choppy123 #

        The gallery, all the photos were great but the first three, just really stood out for me 🙂

        May 5, 2013
      • I like those too, also the first images I really took. Thanks for letting me know. Thank you 🙂

        May 5, 2013
  18. Beautiful photos! The station’s age is apparent, the architecture is wonderful. I love anything 1800’s too. Fascinating era. Your work is amazing Leanne. 🙂

    May 5, 2013
    • Thank you John, there really is something more in that architecture, that just isn’t there in todays new architecture. 🙂

      May 5, 2013
      • It’s just like modern cars, Leanne. My father is a collector of antique autos, those old cars are art on wheels. They are beautiful things, the architecture of the 1800’s and early 1900’s is I think, design that needs to return. Today’s cars are sterile compared to then. Same with buildings, they lack flavor.

        May 5, 2013
      • I really agree, I know architecture from that era is certainly as you say. There are details, or the attention to the detail that is so amazing, as you keep looking, you keep finding something new. Not like new buildings, nothing there.

        May 5, 2013
  19. Excellent series. Love that wide angle lens! The composition of these shots are so good! I love trains and old stations!

    May 5, 2013
    • I love that wide angle lens too, I am getting so much use out of it. Isn’t it amazing how popular trains and stations are, I have photographed a few and always on the look out for new ones. Thank you.

      May 5, 2013
  20. The thing that strikes me most about your photographs is that they are instantly recognisable as yours regardless of the subject, very much like a great musician who plays his/her instrument with a very distinctive sound and style. I know nothing about photography but I very much like your photographic “voice”. All the best, Mike

    May 5, 2013
    • What a compliment, thank you so much, that is fantastic. I have heard it before, and I can sort of understand it. I’m feeling pretty chuffed right now, thank you again Mike.

      May 5, 2013
      • It’s my pleasure, the passion and skill you have for your art is very evident in many ways, congratulations

        May 5, 2013
      • Oh stop, I’m getting embarrassed now, haha, thank you Mike, it really is great to hear.

        May 5, 2013
  21. I really like this post and the information you give about photographing at the station. The photographs, themselves, are sharp ane the angles are interesting. In fact, the thing about there not being a lot of light actually adds to the gritty nature & subdued/earthy colors of the structures in the photos. It is an advantage. Great post.

    May 5, 2013
    • Thank you, I do like my images to be dark, so glad you like the post and the information.

      May 5, 2013
      • You’re welcome and yes I liked it very much…the lack of sun worked to your advantage. You are obviously a wonderful photographer.

        May 5, 2013
      • Thank you so much.

        May 5, 2013
      • No problem…you’re welcome : )

        May 5, 2013
      • 🙂

        May 5, 2013
  22. Reblogged this on Virtual World Photography Association.

    May 5, 2013
  23. Pat #

    Wonderful series!

    May 5, 2013
  24. these are great shots…the station actually has character, at least you managed to show it does…:)

    May 6, 2013
    • I think that is why I wanted to take photos of it Heather, because it is a much nicer station than most of the ones around here, or on our line. There is history there with it. Thanks again.

      May 6, 2013
  25. Interesting that the stations are not ‘public spaces’. Great series, I love the old stations. East Richmond is probably the MOST boring station in Melbourne… Or it was when I lived there 😉

    May 6, 2013
    • As I do more photography I am starting to understand that just because it is owned by something like the government does not make it public, like hospitals, schools, train stations. We are allowed to use them, but we have to obey rules there too. I don’t think East Richmond would be alone there, there are so many boring stations, that seem more like shacks on the side of the tracks. Very ugly and very boring. Thanks. 🙂

      May 6, 2013
  26. Thanks for the link to the permit! That is a sensible way for photographers to get a permit and some sensible rules to follow. We need something like that here in the Washington DC area.

    May 6, 2013
    • That’s okay, why do you need something like that in Washington? I don’t know that many people have permits, it is interesting. I’m looking forward to trying mine out more.

      May 6, 2013
  27. A very nice gallery. I especially like the one of the train leaving the station. Also like how you captured the quietness of the empty platform.

    May 6, 2013
    • The emptiness is something that I really wanted to get and knew at that time of the morning I would get, well after the first train left, then I just needed to work quickly. Thank you David, the images turned out better than I thought they would.

      May 6, 2013
  28. the train leaving is awesome!

    May 6, 2013
  29. You know by now that I like trains, stations and rails … as objects. This is a fantastic gallery – there isn’t one photo that I don’t – but leaving train is my pick.
    You are so good on capture and work with the light in dark places. Somebody had said that we should work with flowers and railway tracks … because it’s overkilled – with flowers I agree, everyone does them … but I love rails – becuase they are leading to somewhere … and there is adventures along them.

    May 6, 2013
    • I think there are a lot of people that like trains, for that very reasons, leading somewhere, or arrival. I think there is also that mysteriousness of them. You know, it wasn’t really that dark, I just made them dark, I like them like that. They really seemed to work with these images. I think the leaving train is a favourite with a lot of people. Thank you Viveka, hope you’ve had a good weekend.

      May 6, 2013
      • I was referring to the photos from the taken in the tunnel and walkways – but that is what you mean too. *smile – spent my weekend with mum and that is very calm and quiet, thanks – we have fantastic weather.

        May 6, 2013
      • So all good all round. Sounds like a good weekend 🙂

        May 6, 2013
  30. You can tell that I was a teacher but I really like the idea of a ‘peek hour’ being a good time to look at things. Lovely pictures.

    May 6, 2013
    • I didn’t even notice that myself, so busy writing. I will have to go and change it now. Thanks. LOL

      May 6, 2013
  31. Hey, I’ve been to Heidelberg Station and it doesn’t look anything like that!
    Oh, this one isn’t in South Africa? I see …
    Great shots as always.

    May 6, 2013
    • Haha, apparently there is one in Germany too, doesn’t look anything like this one either. Thanks

      May 6, 2013
  32. Great set of images.

    May 6, 2013
  33. Good use of a “non-sunrise shot” morning! Love the the first train of the morning shot!

    May 6, 2013
    • Yes, I think that is what I was thinking when I went, that if there wasn’t a good sunrise, then I could photograph the station. Thank you Colin.

      May 6, 2013
  34. Reblogged this on ordyme and commented:
    side or

    May 7, 2013
  35. elegant atmosphere

    May 8, 2013
  36. A very fine, exciting series, Leanne! Interesting that one is not allowed to photograph stations in the city…it is the same here in Chicago for the elevated trains, as I found out last summer while at a station on the far west side (though there are NO signs banning photos!). Not sure about the Amtrak stations, but next time I’m downtown, I’ll check

    May 8, 2013
    • Check out their websites, you might find that maybe a permit thing might apply as well. The permit does seem a bit silly, just print it out, you don’t have to apply for it, so I don’t know it is weird.

      May 8, 2013
  37. fantastic lighting, great shots!

    May 8, 2013
  38. Absolutely love these images of the train station. Would love to go there and get on a train to places unknown.

    May 8, 2013
    • It is a great station to photograph, but I don’t know about the destinations, though it would take you into the city, Thanks

      May 8, 2013
  39. Love these weekend wanderings – this was a great idea!

    May 8, 2013
    • Thank you Richard, now I just need to work out what to do for this weekend. haha.

      May 9, 2013
  40. Richard Betts #

    Reblogged this on RAB Specialist Engineers.

    May 11, 2013
  41. Nice idea to photograph a train station at sunrise. I particularly like the shot of the blur of the train going by. I wouldn’t have expected to need a permit for that sort of thing, so thanks also for sharing the background info.

    May 12, 2013
    • I was quite surprised when I found out I needed one. The good thing about photographing the station then is that there aren’t that many people there. Thanks

      May 12, 2013
  42. Congrats! Never knew that good old heidelberg could be that interesting – may because it’s the place, where I was growing up:)

    May 15, 2013
    • You mean Heidelberg Melbourne? just clarifying, there are a few around the world. It is a fairly boring suburb, no doubt about that, but there are a few gems. You would think there would be more with how old it is, but they have either been ripped down or never built.

      May 16, 2013

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