Sydney, NSW — photography locations

 
  MysticRose Beginner

Hi everyone!

Recently picked up a DLSR and am looking to do some lineside photography, preferably of freight trains as those are particularly fascinating to me Very Happy I had a look through the locations section and Masters Siding seems like the type of thing I'm looking for (I assume it's still an actively used siding?) but just thought I'd post to see if anyone had any more recommendations for locations in the Sydney area.

Thanks (and sorry for the noob question)!

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  gordon_s1942 Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Tablelands of NSW
Where ever you go, survey the area thoroughly to see what and where you can get access safely and not Trespass.
  Spletsie Chief Commissioner

Another nice spot to photograph freight trains is the Burwood Road bridge over the freight railway lines in Belfield. It's good for most of the day for trains heading towards Enfield, but not so good for trains coming from Enfield.
  MysticRose Beginner

Where ever you go, survey the area thoroughly to see what and where you can get access safely and not Trespass.
gordon_s1942
Yep! No trespassing for me. Was thinking more standing on footbridges, or at stations. That sort of thing. I'm not cut out for a criminal record Smile

Another nice spot to photograph freight trains is the Burwood Road bridge over the freight railway lines in Belfield. It's good for most of the day for trains heading towards Enfield, but not so good for trains coming from Enfield.
Spletsie


Aah thank you so much! I'll give that a shot! Really appreciate it Smile

Another stupid question (and I'm so sorry for sounding so new at all this). Would I just go there and stand around all day and wait for trains to come past or is there a schedule/train tracker for this sort of thing?
  SinickleBird Train Controller

Location: Qantas Club at Mudgee International Airport
The anytrip website shows most train movements around the Sydney area in real-time. If you're not too far away from your desired location, you may be able to figure out what will be coming through. Freight and light engine movements are black dots, suburban/intercity are in colours representing the relevant routings.

http://www.anytrip.com.au/map
  michaelgm Deputy Commissioner

The anytrip website shows most train movements around the Sydney area in real-time. If you're not too far away from your desired location, you may be able to figure out what will be coming through. Freight and light engine movements are black dots, suburban/intercity are in colours representing the relevant routings.

http://www.anytrip.com.au/map
SinickleBird
Thanks for the link, brilliant.
  MysticRose Beginner

The anytrip website shows most train movements around the Sydney area in real-time. If you're not too far away from your desired location, you may be able to figure out what will be coming through. Freight and light engine movements are black dots, suburban/intercity are in colours representing the relevant routings.

http://www.anytrip.com.au/map
SinickleBird

Aah thank you so much!! That's really helpful Smile
  NOHAB Station Staff

Location: Glenwood NSW
Thank you for that link SinickleBird! It's great!
  M636C Minister for Railways

The anytrip website shows most train movements around the Sydney area in real-time. If you're not too far away from your desired location, you may be able to figure out what will be coming through. Freight and light engine movements are black dots, suburban/intercity are in colours representing the relevant routings.

http://www.anytrip.com.au/map
SinickleBird
However, and this is significant, it doesn't show freight trains on the South Sydney Freight Line operated by the ARTC, only those freight trains using Sydney Trains controlled track.

I'm not sure about trains on the link between Chullora and North Strathfield either.

But it is way better than nothing...

So although Leightonfield is a good place to watch freight trains, they won't show up on Anytrip unless they run on the Sydney Trains tracks (which Minto container shuttles actually do...)

Before the recent reconstruction, Platform 1 at Hornsby gave a good view of southbound trains in the morning. I just don't know what it is like now. Of course you could photograph suburban and NSW Trainlink trains there as well, but not northbound trains leaving platform 5 (which some freights do too).

Mt Kuringai was good for northbound trains in the morning, too.

Canterbury and Dulwich Hill can be good locations for traffic to and from Botany, and coal trains from Port Kembla to Newcastle and vice versa.

Peter
  brfc1883 Beginner

Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Hi everyone!

Recently picked up a DLSR and am looking to do some lineside photography, preferably of freight trains as those are particularly fascinating to me Very Happy I had a look through the locations section and Masters Siding seems like the type of thing I'm looking for (I assume it's still an actively used siding?) but just thought I'd post to see if anyone had any more recommendations for locations in the Sydney area.

Thanks (and sorry for the noob question)!
MysticRose
Hey!

Just picked up your tip on Masters Siding and went recently, great location!!

Did you find anywhere else that's good? I'm new to Australia and Sydney so still getting the hang of railfreight photography here!
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Where ever you go, survey the area thoroughly to see what and where you can get access safely and not Trespass.
gordon_s1942

And don't forget to share the photos with us here.
  brfc1883 Beginner

Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Where ever you go, survey the area thoroughly to see what and where you can get access safely and not Trespass.

And don't forget to share the photos with us here.
x31
Here are a few from my trip to Masters Sidings recently, which was recommended!

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  Spletsie Chief Commissioner

Nice pictures brfc1883.
  menangletrains Station Staff

Standing on Menangle Railway Station is a very good common Photography spot, as well as the Road bridge over the Main South Railway line.
As well as a few good spots along Menangle Road at Shiels hill.
Or even at the Level Crossing at MALDON. It is controlled with Bells.

Menangle Trains.   Dave.

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