Regrettably no, I didn't take any photos of the line. I suppose as a kid I just thought it would always be there, certainly having no idea that everything would change as much as it has in recent years. Even taking photos now is absolutely different, taking lots of digital photos of all sorts of things, whereas when I was young the only time we took photos was when we went on a special holiday somewhere, and then my dad would buy a slide film. But only one, 24 shots only!!
Another thing I wish I had photos of is of the steam loco D3 639 doing the regular Mornington Seaside excursions every Sunday morning during summer. It used to stop at Bentleigh station, near where I used to live, right across the level crossing. I used to ride my scooter down to see it, and climb up on the old wooden level crossing gates to get a better view of the cab. To this day I vividly remember the driver, a larger-than-life gentleman, walking over to pull the whistle to depart. I KNEW what was coming, but everytime I would get a huge surprise just how loud that whistle was!! (and nearly fall backwards off the gates!!) Fantastic memories, but again, no photos. On Sunday afternoons I'd be down visiting my grandparents, normally spent looking over the back fence until it was time to eat my Gran's cake, and I'd hear the long whistle blasts of 639 running express through Cheltenham station on it's way back from the seaside.
Bentleigh station of course has completely changed, long gone are the crossing gates and everything else. I wonder what ever happened to all that superb mechanism for the gates, that huge wheel the signalman turned. I went to school every day by train from Bentleigh, the 7.43 stopping at South Yarra, in mostly the red Tait trains, or the blue Harris sets, never giving a second thought to the nostalgia I now feel for those trains, or times.
Sorry I've gone completely 'off topic', but as I said before, I'd love to be able to turn back the clock!