As you might know, railways are a major hobby of mine, with aviation being a side interest. Who says you can’t combine the two?
Planespotting around Melbourne Airport is dead easy: I was looking out my window in the western suburbs the other day, and snapped a Qantas A380 going past.
If you are hoping for photos a bit more close up, then just jump in your car and drive to one of the spots on the airport perimeter listed at the RWY34.com website. (Protip: runway 34 is the main north facing runway at Melbourne Airport)
However, there are some days when I can’t be bothered driving all the way out to Tullamarine to see planes, or there is an interesting train running that I want to photograph.
Thankfully, there are some locations that combine both: McIntyre Loop is one of them, located in the backblocks of Sunshine.
At ground level, you can see trains on main line between Melbourne and Sydney, being located on the Albion-Jacana goods line.
Meanwhile, the sights up in the sky depend on which way the wind is blowing. When runway 34 at Melbourne Airport is in use, you can catch jets coming in on their final approach.
When the wind is blowing the other way, runway 16 gets used instead, and from McIntyre Loop you can see planes after take off.
McIntyre Loop is about 8 km from the end of the runway, so the planes are still high up in the sky, and with a 200mm lens you can’t fill your entire camera frame with plane.
Unfortunately, you can’t get something for nothing!
So how do you combine your hobbies? Post in the comments!