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I waited there for half an hour as the shadows lengthened for a west-bound passenger train, full of people going home from work, before I realised that there were no overhead electric lines above these tracks! Finally, one small shunting engine appeared, stopped under the superstructure of the bridge, and then reversed. Hardly exciting, and not what I had gone to western Melbourne for yesterday, when I thought the light and weather were good enough for some shots. It seems these tracks are for diesel powered freight. You can see that there are two gauges of track here, splitting at the points just beyond the bridge.

For this shot I was standing on a foot bridge almost on tip toes to get some shots over the top of the pedestrian safety barrier. In fact, I had to clone out the shadow of my own head! The river you see here is the Maribyrnong, marking the eastern border of the old suburb of Footscray, these days a quarter of Melbourne almost entirely dominated by Vietnamese and some African migrants. It's obvious that this rail line passes through a vast area devoted to shipping containers, and in fact the port area is not far away to the right (south). A young mother happened to begin walking up the street beside the culvert just as the shunting engine stopped, adding a little colour and a human element to the scene. I think I'll use that for the title...

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