Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Melbourne train lines - Werribee and Williamstown

On March 19, Tat and I set off on our second expedition, this time in a westerly direction. I met Tat on the train at Collingwood and we changed at Flinders Street for the Werribee line. The train we caught was express from Newport to Laverton.

As we expected, we didn't have the verdant views we had on our first foray, rather an industrial landscape, at times quite bleak, and housing estates. On the express leg we passed the oil refineries at Altona. When we pulled in to Werribee both of us decided that we would catch the train at the opposite platform back to Newport thus saving us the cost of a zone 2 ticket.

I'm not enough of a gunzel to know what sort of carriages these are, but they seem light and airy.

The train back to Newport stopped at the stations the previous one had bypassed (on a separate line). At Newport we changed for a train to Williamstown; we didn't have to wait very long.

The end of the line is a bit odd - it just stops, in the middle of not very much at all. However the views are pretty good and there are some interesting old buildings around to look at as you walk around to the main centre of Williamstown.

It was a lovely day ...

... so we decided we would eat at Williamstown, preferably outside. We found some rather nice fish and chips at a place in Nelson Place and crossed over to the reserve where we found a shady spot - but away from the child-filled rotunda.

HMAS Castlemaine with the city behind.

After lunch we wandered through the streets to Williamstown Beach station where we caught a train back to town.

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Blogger Anthony Holmes said...

"The end of the line is a bit odd - it just stops, in the middle of not very much at all."

That's because the line used to go on past Williamstown. A little bit of line extended straight on (presumably for parking trains), but most of it curved around (fairly tightly) to the left/east, where there was a "Williamstown Pier Station" and the rails extended out onto four of Williamstown's Piers. Williamstown Pier Station disappeared from maps in the 1980s.

The train is one of the type that sometimes doesn't stop: a Siemens.

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