Happy one hundredth!

04 Aug

Any excuse to have a steam train pic, as I said in April. So here we go with the sexiest beast on twelve wheels ever to flash through the NSW countryside.

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It will be at Central Station Sydney (and that is an excellent account of the place) again tomorrow as part of the one hundredth birthday celebrations.

There have been three stations on the current site. The original Sydney Station was opened on 26 September 1855 in an area known as “Cleveland Fields.” This station (one wooden platform in a corrugated iron shed), which was known at the time as Redfern, had Devonshire Street as its northern boundary. When this station became inadequate for the traffic it carried, a new station was built in 1874 on the same site and also was known as Redfern. This was a brick building with two platforms. It grew to 14 platforms before it was replaced by the present-day station to the north of Devonshire Street. The new station was built on a site previously occupied by a cemetery, a convent, a female refuge, a police barracks, a parsonage, a Benevolent Society and a morgue. This new 15-platform station was opened on 4 August 1906 and is still in use. (Wikipedia)

And yes, it is said to be haunted, thanks to where it was built, even if most of the bodies were exhumed and relocated.

Such is my advanced age that I recall the station, when I first saw it, when it was less than fifty years old.

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And here it is today, as I see it just about every day, as I live five minutes walk away.

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Posted by on August 4, 2006 in Aussie interest, Events, Surry Hills


2 responses to “Happy one hundredth!

  1. AV

    August 4, 2006 at 3:22 pm

    Completely OT, but that Karen Armstrong piece (from the Guardian) you referenced in an earlier post? Seems she made a bit of a misattribution (which doesn’t on the whole detract from her argument).

  2. Owner

    August 4, 2006 at 5:19 pm

    Unusual for her.

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