My usual stations

My usual stations (part 5)

Murrumbeena/Carnegie, 2003-2005 The move to Carnegie in 2003 gave me two local stations, because the house was almost equidistant between them. It was slightly closer to Murrumbeena, so I usually used that. But Carnegie had better access to shops, so that got used sometimes too. I've mentioned Murrumbeena already. Carnegie hasn't changed much recently, but the surrounding area has, with the

My usual stations, transport

My usual stations (part 4)

Hawthorn, 1993-95 When I finally moved out of home, it was to Hawthorn. Initially I was still working in Burwood East, and the commute was an easy tram ride, from the flat we rented which was midway between there and the city -- which became useful once work moved into town. Cutting through the back streets, it was about a 6-7 minute walk to the station (ditto at the other end to work in

My usual stations, transport

My usual stations (part 3)

Murrumbeena 1987-89 We moved into a flat just across the street from the Dandenong line. The noise isn't noticeable after a week or two, apart from missing dialogue on the television when a freight train goes past. It was a short stroll (if one took the short-cut along the train line) to Murrumbeena station. By year 11 I'd regularly meet school mates in the back of the 7:40am stopper fro

My usual stations, transport

My usual stations (part 2)

Balaclava, 1974-1982 We moved back to St Kilda, settling in a flat in Hotham Street where we lived for many years. Well, almost. We were in flat 7 on the ground floor, before moving upstairs to flat 11. Later on we moved around the corner onto Inkerman Street. During this time, Balaclava was our local station, though for going to the city or to Prahran, it was easier to catch the Hotha

My usual stations, transport

My usual stations (part 1)

Here begins a series of blog posts on every (suburban) railway station in Melbourne that's ever been my usual. Of course it more-or-less tracks the places I've lived, and I've touched on some of this stuff in Commutes of my Youth. (Dates may not be exact.) St Kilda, 1970-71 When I was a baby, my parents moved into a flat in Fitzroy Street. That part of St Kilda might be hipster grungy no