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From the city to the sea, the railway that hugs Port Philip Bay and serves south-eastern Melbourne is a goldmine of stories and memories.
Here are just a few of the stories that make up its unofficial history, as told by Drive listeners:
Reactions of love, and of loathing, with memories spanning across the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond: the Frankston train line is a place of history, family and a fair bit of good humour.
Dawn explained the railway line was opened July 31, 1882, and in 1891 her station Aspendale opened up to serve the racecourse.
James said "late on a Saturday night in the 90's, the trains would only have one carriage, compressed with goths, skinheads, grungers and the very inebriated trapped together as one! A lot of eyes cast downwards."
A lot of you remember these weird, wacky and wonderful characters on the Frankston line best.
In the very early 80s Neil drove on the suburban rail network: "One evening peak we were held up just before Mentone waiting for a considerable time. The habit of the passengers seemed to be to have quite several drinks to get them home. The bladders were at bursting point when we finally opened the doors at Mentone. All the blokes, and a few ladies, lined up along the fence. I could hear the mass sigh of relief all the way up to the front!" ...Wow!
The Frankston line was a big adventure to Julie: "around 1966 (as a 13 year old) travelling from Ascot Vale with my girlfriend to meet up with two boys we’d met on holidays in Rosebud who lived in Moorabbin. Tram to the city and then on to Moorabbin station where at that stage, the train still crossed the Nepean Highway with a level crossing. No memories of the boys, just the big adventure!"
Sarah remembered an embarrassing memory of her time on the Frankston line…"I lived at Glenhuntly from 1980 to 1990 and travelled on the train every week day to work in Melbourne. During that time there was a pedestrian bridge over the railway lines to get to the platform to travel to Melbourne. One icy morning I skidded down the steps on my high heels landing on my bottom at the end. Very embarrassing, no injuries except for ladders in the stockings and a wet crumpled skirt!”
Ouch! Ann recalls "moving to Melbourne from Canada in 1985, catching the train at Cheltenham station and having terrible motion sickness all the way into the city every morning. Was really relieved to move to Carlton!”.
Dicko painted this succinct picture: “The 80's, boxing day, the conga line of eskies on the way to the cricket that filled the aisles”.
Some like John had a family connection: “My grandpa was assistant station master at Seaford and back in the day he would get me in the guards van whenever I needed to get the train. Great memories for a kid.”
As did Linda: "Entertaining my sons on their first trip from Melbourne to Frankston by telling them which was the next station for the entire trip.”
It's a long line, but Robyn had the perfect way to remember its path: "I used to live at Parkdale and go to school at Mordialloc, both on the Frankston line. When I was learning all the stations I learned that between Caulfield and Richmond, think MATHS - Malvern, Armadale, Toorak, Hawksburn, South Yarra.”
Sadly some like Tommy were less than impressed with the service: "A mate kayaked across Bass Strait in 2016...Before he left he stated to local media that 'it's more dangerous to get a train to Frankston than kayak the Strait!' Took them 15 days and weather was a bit rugged. That said, he still stands by his quote!"
Jess had this...concise observation: “In all its history, it only ran on schedule twice.”
And many correspondents recalled this delightful story
“A couple of years ago a guy proposed to a girl over on the Frankston line. He got the train driver to make an announcement! The heart flutters."
Drive with Raf Epstein wants to uncover in to the 'real' history of iconic Melbourne spots by hearing your stories. If you have a great suggestion of a location for us to delve in to, email us.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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