About Me

I’m Marcus Wong: train nut, amateur photographer, and software developer. I live in Melbourne, Australia having grown up an hour down the road in Geelong.

This blog started as somewhere where all of the loose ends of my online life can be tied back together, but has since grown into more of a collection of photo essays covering various railway, engineering and historical topics. So what do I like writing about?

  • Trains (at least the non-gunzel stuff)
  • Other forms of transport: ferries and planes
  • Observations from around Melbourne
  • Architecture and the story behind Melbourne’s buildings
  • Power stations
  • Industrial history

My previous focus was posting photos from my 2010 trip to Hong Kong – you can now find them at my other blog, Checkerboard Hill.

I also maintain a number of different railway related websites, you can find them listed on the projects page. Unfortunately I haven’t written enough about what makes them tick, which I intend to address at some point on my programming blog https://code.wongm.com/. On the programming front my personal projects are based on PHP and MySQL, my workplace is a Microsoft shop so everything is in C#.

You can find me on Twitter here – @aussiewongm and you can find the rest of my photos on Flickr.

As for the name of my blog, Waking up in Geelong:

  • I was born in Geelong and lived there for over 20 years, and
  • According to some online record stores, of my favourite bands, Architecture in Helsinki, put a track titled “Waking up in Geelong” on their 2005 album In Case We Die but I have never been able to find the song anywhere: it must have been dropped from the lineup before it was actually released.

All photos on this site have been taken by myself, except where specifically noted (and there will be a link back to where I borrowed them from).

I aim to publish a new post each week on Tuesday morning, Melbourne time – if you want to be alerted when I do, check out the ‘subscribe via email’ panel to the right, follow me on Twitter, or like my Facebook page Waking up in Geelong

Want to drop me a line? Well, you can!

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