Doing it rough

A stone’s throw from the exclusive boutiques of Chapel Street, South Yarra, next to the railway line near the underpass, between a set of signalling control boxes, and sheltered by an overhead structure, is a pile of mattresses, pillows, bedclothes, and assorted objects.

Makeshift home next to railway line

Occasionally you’ll see someone there, sleeping or awake, apparently as oblivious to the passing trains as those in the trains are to their makeshift home.

I suppose they’re not doing any harm. (I reckon the grafitti’s been there for a long time, and I’m sure if the railway infrastructure got damaged, they’d only draw attention to themselves.)

It must be a noisy place to sleep.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

3 replies on “Doing it rough”

I know in Sydney, just a stones’ throw from the iconic face at Luna Park, there’s the exactly-same situation under a railway viaduct.

Even here in rural Bathurst there are some people who end up sleeping under the bridge that crosses the river – even if ‘those who should know better’ choose to ignore that fact…

Thanks for the photo. I appreciate your blog too by the way, even if I haven’t been leaving comments lately. Sowwy!

Mal :o)

I know exactly where that is, opposite “Lovers Walk”.

I saw a homeless guy eating out of a smashed watermelon that someone had driven over on Little Collins Street the other day.

What’s happening here.

There’s something like tht at Lalor station , although not quite so extravagent in the trees.

Having lived alongside the Upfield line for half my life, you honestly don’t hear the trains after a while. It becomes the norm. Only people that used to visit that commented on them passing.

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