Continuing on from an earlier article here…
Having disussed the advantages of this unique section of track, I’d now like to point out some of the more interesting photospots on the line itself. While this is by no means an exhaustive guide, I hope it will provide those looking to get down there with some interesting places to visit – I assure you there are plenty of other good spots on the line, as there are a number of unprotected crossings giving you unlimited scope for photos.
As seen in the previous article, the photo of the ARG flour train winding it’s way along the coastline between the Omega tunnels is a very breathtaking view. This photo was shot from a u-turn bay along the Princes Highway just after leaving Kiama. I don’t think you can walk to this location easily, as it’s at the top of a hill and a long way from public transport.
The station platform offers a decent view of northbound trains, although I wouldn’t recommend this location for southbound traffic. This is the location from which I captured this image of 3109. Interestingly, standing *next to* the platform can also produce good photos. Simply exit the station and turn right, and stand next to the platform (Important Note – do not move any closer to the rail corridor than the end of the platform. It is not worth endangering your wellbeing for something as trivial as a photo of a train). This provides a slightly better angle than standing on the platform, hence the different angle on this photo of 2204 (left).
For those looking for more than “just a train photo”, a short amble down the road from the station, on the platform side of the railway bridge, you can get a photo encompassing the wonderful landscape that dominates this section of railway line. This is the location from which I shot the photo in the previous article on this section of line, as well as the photo to the right.
While we are in Gerringong, the town itself is a short walk to the east – simply follow the main street up into town where there is no shortage of places to get food and drink, as well as a spectacular view of Werri Beach below.
Standing on the platform at Berry is the easiest and best way to capture history in action – watch the staff exchange taking place between station attendant and train crew, as discussed in the previous article.
Of course, the railway line crosses two roads on it’s way through the town, Prince Albert St, and Albany St. Neither are great for lighting for southbound trains, although an overcast day will work at a pinch. The crossing on Prince Albert St is protected with lights and bells, while the one at Albany St is unprotected with poor vision for southbound trains – be careful here. That being said, both are within walking distance of the station, and both offer a good angle on trains passing the station.
Despite Jaspers Brush Station being closed, and very little trace of the station remaining, Google Maps manage to offer directions to it. Just don’t try boarding a train here! This is an excellent photospot for northbound and southbound trains alike – the only downside being that it is quite a walk away from any public transport – this is one photospot you need a car to get to. Despite a significant lack of nose lighting for southbound trains, you can still get a good angle. To access this level crossing, simply turn off the Princes Highway onto Jaspers Brush Road.
Turning off The Princes Highway onto Meroo Road (you have to do this anyway to get to Bomaderry Station) will yield another photospot – simply turn off onto Fletchers Lane. At the end of this (rather poorly looked after) “road”, there is another level crossing. Again, this photospot lacks nose lighting, but again, the scenery more than makes up for this. Anthony “42209” Johnson took an excellent shot here which proves that sometimes, breaking the rules of train photography will still yield an excellent result! See his photo from this location on his Flickr!
Finally, another accessible-by-Cityrail photospot is the level crossing at Bomaderry, where the short branch to the Manildra Mill leaves the yard of the station. However, while easily accessible, doesn’t offer great lighting for the Flour train, or any good (and safe) angles. Another level crossing at the mill itself may hold more potential, but is also a bit of a walk from the station.