Yesterday was a little disjointed.
Daughter and son-in-law were at work, and for one reason or another, we didn’t leave the house early enough to do anything significant. I suggested a train trip to some place neither of us had seen before, to look around, have lunch and to come home. So we went to the V-Line’s terminus at Southern Cross Station. Southern cross is one of those buildings that proves that just because you can doesn’t mean you should. It has a quirky roof line but is in my opinion, not a pleasant place to be.
Soon, however, we were in a designated “quiet car” in one of V-Line’s “VLocity” diesel railcar sets, speeding across a parched and mostly flat landscape. The windows were not strictly clean, but I have done the best I could to clarify the images.
Some of the small towns and settlements through which we passed had real character. There seems little interest in such a vast and largely empty landscape to be concerned with beautifying the neighbourhood, so we saw a number of clusters of discarded vehicles. These trains travel at up to 160 km/h so I hope you’ll forgive a little motion blur, in addition to the dirty windows.
We got to the rural town of Seymour about an hour and a half after leaving Southern Cross. We looked around, and intending no offence to the good people of that town, found nothing of interest within walking distance of the train. We ate a pleasant lunch at a bakery cafe, and got the next train back to Melbourne. The landscape was still dry, but interesting as we completed our excursion.
See you tomorrow.