Posts Tagged ‘then and now’

Then and now via Google Street View

The other day I was trawling through Google Street View imagery while researching a future blog post, when I discovered something I had almost forgotten about – Google Street View now supports the ‘time’ dimension. So what was I able to find with my time machine?

KFC restaurant - Cnr High Street & Carool Road, Ashburton, Victoria

All aboard the wedding express!

If you’ve been wondering why I’ve been a bit quiet recently, it is because I just got married. Can you spot the railway lines in the background?

Wedding by the Maribyrnong River

Do you know the way to Moonee Vale?

Each morning on William Street in the CBD, there are a handful of route 55 trams that display a destination of ‘Moonee Vale’. There are a number of Melbourne suburbs with similar sounding names, along with a racecourse and local government area called ‘Moonee Valley’ – but is Moonee Vale a real place, or just a typo?

Z3.122 on a route 55a shortworking to 'Moonee Vale'

“You can get it fixing the trains”

Hat tip to @rpy on Twitter for spotting a V/Line diesel in an old Victoria Bitter commercial.

1988 Victoria Bitter television commercial featuring diesel locomotive P18

Victorian Railways in the Moomba parade

Back in 1955 the Victorian Railways entered the first annual Moomba parade with a large-scale model of diesel electric locomotive B60 ‘Harold W Clapp’ – the pride of their fleet. Sixty years later, a photo of the same parade float has been doing the rounds of the various ‘remember when’ Facebook groups, ripped from the Victorian Government’s ‘Culture Victoria’ website – so what is the story behind the scale model?

Victorian Railways float in the 1954 Moomba parade