July 25th – Central Station clock tower

Grand Old Clocktower

An early morning drop-off gave me an opportunity to take a photo of another of Sydney’s icons.

As revealed earlier in the year in this blog, the 86.4 metre tall clock tower was an addition into the original building. The foundation stone was laid in September 1903, however the tower wasn’t officially opened until March 3rd, 1921 at 10:22am, 15 years after the present Central Station site was operational.

The clock tower features 4 clock faces, measuring 4.77 metres in diameter. 302 steps lead up to the clocks, which were once open to the public, but sadly they are no longer accessible.

Central Station in the wee hours of the morning is terrific fodder for the portrait photographer. There’s a diverse range of people, from the railway staff, the ‘disadvantaged’, to travellers dressed alike in their onesies.

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