welcome to ormiston! this beautifully informative schematic map of the ormiston station layout is near the entrance to the station; conveniently located near a public telephone box. i dont know what is more amusing; the fact that ormiston station has one of these signs in the first place or that since ormiston railway station is a single platform, the sign simply says platform without specifying it as platform 1.
the cleveland train i had traveled on to ormiston station departs on its way to the end of the line. there isnt far to go: cleveland is the next station! it seemed such a shame to have caught a wifi enabled cleveland train all the way from roma street to ormiston and not used my ipad once (i had it in my bag, so i could have) because i was trying to do the right thing, and do some much needed study. it is scary how soon exams are approaching, and even scarier that these are our last series of exams for the degree. after these, providing we all pass, we are expected to know everything there is to know. that is slightly terrifying!
this is one of the most descriptive photos of ormiston station i could actually get, because it shows the platform (platform 1) with the cleveland train departing the station to continue its journey to the end of the line. i know it is an early call, but this would have to be shot of the blog so far. as you can see to the right of the photo, the cleveland line is a single track and ormiston station is a single platform. peri was telling me that the first time our workmate jackie (who lives at bowen hills and featured in my exhibition blog) visited her at ormiston station, she remarked that it wasnt a real railway station. when she is used to the four platforms of bowen hills, perhaps she has a case; but ormiston certainly isnt alone. there are a lot of stations on this network which are single platform stations. ormiston is actually the second station i have blogged about which is a single platform; clayfield on the doomben line being the other. i cant believe that on the road passing ormiston station (northern arterial road) there is a car towing a trailer. irony much? i cannot stand trailers!
this photo is very blue for some reason. i just wanted to highlight that despite its small size, ormiston is still equipped with a water fountain. i am not known for consuming town water, but i really like the idea of having water fountains at railway stations, and i actually think every station should have one. i know that is a very expensive idea, but it would certainly be convenient for commuters. when i was here at ormiston it was a fairly hot day, and i was thankful i had my water bottle. if i didnt, i would most certainly have had to violate my personal rule of consuming town water from a public dispenser due to the extreme thirst i was experiencing. i dehydrate very easily and because i am prone to seizures, i need to keep on top of my fluid intake (so please dont go thinking i have gone soft in wanting fountains at all the stations! i am sure i am not the only person who rides the train that thinks they are a great idea!) in emergency situations like this, these fountains are certainly worthwhile. it is also better for the environment if we keep refilling water bottles instead of buying new ones all the time. in case it isnt obvious (but it should be) i got this photo on platform 1 (haha) at ormiston, near the middle of the platform. the assisted boarding mat is visible in the bottom left hand corner of the photo. the cleveland train has not long left the station, heading outbound one more station to cleveland.
it really goes without saying that i certainly approve of the ormiston railway station sign! that font is fantastic (please make them all like this in the future queensland rail). the bold font really makes the sign stand out, and i truly hope that when dinmore gets its upgrade, it receives a new sign with a bold font like this. i was going to write that this station sign is on platform 1, but that is pretty self explanatory really isnt it, since ormiston only has one platform. this sign is towards the cleveland end of the ormiston station platform. i wanted to get a few photos of the railway station before i caught up with my former workmate.
the cleveland train has departed ormiston station, as it continues its journey outbound along the cleveland line. it has one more station to go: cleveland itself; as ormiston is the second last station on the cleveland line. i got this photo at the cleveland end of the ormiston platform, looking outbound along the cleveland line towards cleveland. that does sound like a lot of clevelands!
i got this photo at the cleveland end of the ormiston station platform (platform 1) looking inbound along the cleveland line towards wellington point. the platform at ormiston looks incredibly long and narrow, which i think is a touch deceptive; and is probably caused by the fact it is a single platform. it is long enough for 2 full trains, or 6 carriages. there are a few little shelters on the platform to provide adequate shade while commuters await the arrival of their train.
still at the cleveland end of ormiston railway station, i couldnt resist getting a photo that shows the billboard across from the cleveland line; especially since it is advertising balloons and parties! anything this happy deserves to be included in the blog! i notice that they advertise they do helium balloons; i have always wanted to have my own cylinder of helium (no, not to inhale and make my voice really squeaky! my voice is childish enough as it is! i still sound like an 8 year old on the phone apparently, which is very convenient when those annoying people ring to try to sell you something. they always have to ask me if mummy is home. usually if they ask about the location of mummy or daddy i say something along the lines of they are in the shower or they are in the bedroom. it is priceless!) the main reason i want helium is because as a scientist i love the periodic table (if you dont know what it is, seriously, where have you been living?! please tell me you have at least heard of the elements song by tom lehrer!) and i have been trying to collect a sample of each element from the periodic table, just like theodore gray. i had memorised the periodic table by the time i was 15 and can recite it in under a minute. i really should investigate if that is a skill worthy of a guinness world record. hopefully some day soon i can have a cylinder of helium. i dont need an especially large one, just something small will suffice, and will look fantastic in my office with the rest of my element specimens. if you happen to have a spare cylinder of helium you no longer require, please feel free to email me. aside from the billboard, this is a nice shot of the cleveland line.
this humble little shelter is on platform 1 at ormiston railway station, located towards the cleveland end of the platform. the ormiston station office is on the very left of the photo, maybe a third of the way down from the top. i love that smoking is banned at all the station on the queensland rail network, but i dont think there are enough staff to enforce the bans, because i have seen people smoking at various railway stations over the years. the most notable was the guy at helensvale, who was in the way of my photo of the airport train arriving, and a guy at south brisbane who i manage to photograph smoking. i think i mentioned in my toowong blog how much i hate smoking, so i wont go into it here too much. i will say that if you smoke, you obviously want cancer, so you are more than welcome to take the cancer from a person of your choosing in any oncology ward around the country. i am sure they would gladly trade places and allow you to have their cancer, since you want it so much and they desperately dont.
it really is beautiful isnt it. how amazing would it be if all the railway stations on the network throughout brisbane and the surrounding areas had uniform signs on the platforms of every station? i think it would be absolutely grand. it would certainly help my ocd! look how easy the sign here at ormiston is to read. to quote mary poppins: practically perfect in every way. the car park in the background is practically perfect too, its bloody massive! it certainly rivals the one at dinmore in terms of its size, though i think dinmore may just have ormiston covered in terms of patronage.
i got this photo at the wellington point end of the ormiston platform, looking inbound along the cleveland line towards wellington point. ormiston seems like quite a lovely area, though it was incredibly hot on the day i visited peri at her railway station. the cleveland line is a single track from manly outbound to cleveland, though it does split to form two tracks at some of the railways stations along the line, such as wellington point; it is essentially a single track for most of the journey outbound from manly. it is hard to believe that in 2014 such a major railway line in brisbane would still be a single track.
the complementary photo from the opposite direction, looking back at ormiston railway station from the wellington point end of the platform. the cleveland has no need to branch into two tracks here, because poor ormiston is only a single platform. perhaps some day in the future a second platform may be added and the track duplicated. sadly i cant see that happening any time soon.
i was more concerned with getting another photo of the ormiston station sign to realise there was a pied butcher bird sitting on top of the sign near the speaker. this is what happens when i wear my sunglasses instead of my prescription glasses! i cant see more than a meter in front of me without them, which is evidenced here. still, it is a good shot of the ormiston sign, complete with small bird. it would have been incredibly cool if i could have got a photo of a kookaburra sitting on the wulkuraka station sign, since wulkuraka means plenty of kookaburras. ormiston has shown wulkuraka up, by officially being the first station in my blog to include a photo with a bird sitting on its station sign. this ormiston sign is at the wellington point end of the platform.
the little bird is surprisingly not afraid of this scary little human standing beneath it with a strange contraption pointing up at it. it is more concerned with attacking something on top of the ormiston station sign. an unfortunate spider or lizard perhaps? i will never know (i am too short to have even attempted to look) but now i had actually noticed the bird was sitting on the sign, and wanted to frame a nice show of it, however it moved at just the wrong time and i have managed to capture a lovely shot of its backside. i believe the phrase i am looking for in russian would be клaccнaя пoпкa. i am sure i have mentioned before that birds dont have bladders, and that they urinate and defecate through the one opening. evolution really is fascinating, and i have a huge appreciation for it because of just how much i struggled with the biology like subjects during this degree. give me math and chemistry any day, and throw in a bit of physics just for fun to remind me of the fun times in high school before our friendship group imploded like a badly cooked cake.
this shelter is towards the wellington point end of ormiston stations single platform. the ants nest resembling a deformed brain is towards the left of this photo (at least it was when i took the photos!) hopefully it is still there when you read this in the unlikely event that you decide to visit ormiston railway station just to search for it. if its gone (my apologies) you can sit and wait in this lovely shelter while you wait for an inbound shorncliffe or bowen hills train to take you back to where you came from. unless you came inbound from cleveland; in that case you will need to wait here for another outbound cleveland train.
this little shelter does throw a descent amount of shade, as evidenced by the shadow on the platform. the ormiston station office is in the background on the right of picture. it was unattended when i visited ormiston, though this may have had something to do with the fact it was a public holiday. had it not been a holiday, i would have been stuck in class instead of having the chance to visit my awesome friend from ormiston.
well done darth. perhaps next time i should wear my glasses instead of my sunglasses. this pitiful attempt was meant to show both the station sign and station map of ormiston, as well as the station office. in theory such a simple and easy idea. i am just a horrific executioner when i try to photograph sans my prescription glasses. i am sure you are all laughing at this useless photo, though i still wanted to include it because despite the obvious flaw in cutting off a section the station map, this photo is still relatively good at describing ormiston railway station. the ormiston station sign is attached to the back of the station office, and the entrance to the station is to the right, just out of picture (along with the rest of the map!)
such a warm and welcoming entrance to ormiston station! the entrance to the platform is to the left of the photo. how cute is this though!? i love koalas, they are a lot like cats: eat and sleep all day and everyone loves them. occasionally they can be affectionate as well. if reincarnation was real and we actually get an option of what we wish to return as, i am seriously giving consideration to becoming a cat. if i can choose to return as a molecule, i would choose teflon, that way nothing sticks to me. i think i have become a lot more like teflon as i have got older, and as a result, i have had so much more fun than i did when i was little. i think the font that ormiston is written in looks a fair bit like comic sans ms, perhaps you agree? my grandfather was a colour printer by trade, and i grew up having him often test me on fonts and their sizes. he also made us read many books and would ask us questions about what we read to see if we actually read it or not. i think that instilled a love of reading in me at an early age, as today i have a massive library which would rival most book shops. for example; i guarantee i have a bigger collection of cricket books than any middle aged man in brisbane. the ormiston station office is to the left of this photo, out of picture. the platform is just behind the koala panel. this area is undercover and makes a lovely sheltered waiting area while commuters await their cleveland or shorncliffe service.
ormiston station has some lovely bottle brush plants along its embankment which i tried to showcase with this photo. i got this picture as i ventured from the platform down the ramp to the carpark. the carpark is to the right out of picture. platform 1 (the platform) is visible behind the fence, along with an ormiston station sign (complete with striking bold font). the koala from the previous photo is to the left of this image behind a larger plant.
a rather self explanatory photo, but still one worth including. i will state the obvious: this is the entrance to the ormiston station car park. the entrance to the railway station itself is via the staircase or ramp to the left of the photo. the car park itself extends quite a distance to the right of the picture in the direction of wellington point. there is one die hard visible in the car park on this particular occasion, and no, it isnt peri because she lives close enough to the station to walk to it. it is a descent walk, but it is certainly doable even sans an anterior cruciate ligament or medial ligament in your knee (as mine are both completely torn and sadly i need a complete knee reconstruction). i really like this photo because it shows the trees which are within the parking lot itself, making it much more inviting to park in than a bare patch of bitumen with no shade whatsoever.
trees. perhaps i should have been a botanist? i dont know what it is about me and plants, but i just find there is something really cool about them, particularly when they are dotted through a railway station car park, giving it a much more earthy vibe than a solid bitumen parking lot. whats that song? paved paradise and put up a parking lot. i actually cannot stand that song. i find it incredibly irritating, both versions. i think its the mmm bop bop bop bop part. whenever it comes on the radio, its one of the only times i turn the radio down. there aren't too many songs i cant stand, but that is certainly one of them. unfortunately, it is now stuck in my head. i tried to frame this shot so you could still see the ormiston station sign in between the trees. this shot looks towards the wellington point end of ormiston station.
how beautiful is that mural!? see, ormiston has a really lovely, arty atmosphere to it. this is further evidence that ormiston station is incredibly cool. this wall backs into the ormiston station car park, and received its beautiful mural in 2011 when some local artists got together with the local school and medical center. it is part of the positive partnerships project queensland rail do at a lot of the railway stations. i even managed to find a time lapse video of the mural being painted here on the top right hand corner of page 12. it is worth a watch. the pdf also shows some artwork from a few different stations around the network.