Diesel powered lights at Southern Cross Station

Given the previous issues with diesel fumes beneath the roof at Southern Cross Station, one might think feeding even more diesel exhaust into the station environment would be something to avoid. However, the reality is quite different.

Siemens train arrives at Southern Cross platform 14 with a Werribee service

A few months ago on platform 13 and 14 two portable light towers appeared – each is powered by a diesel generator in the base, burbling away all night long.

One of two diesel powered barrel light tower in place at platform 13 and 14

Once the sun goes down, the new lights leave the platform with an acceptable level of brightness.

Diesel powered barrel light tower in place at platform 13 and 14

Once upon a time the entire concrete deck that forms the roof of platforms 13 through 16 was illuminated.

VLocity 3VL21 awaits departure time from platform 15

But for some reason, these lights seem to have gone dark.

Second barrel light tower in place at the north end of platform 13 and 14

The exception being a small station at the Bourke Street end of the station.

Ceiling lights at the north end of platform 13 and 14 still working

So are the lights at Southern Cross Station broken, or is something else going on?

One possibility

Over the past year or so the new 699 Bourke Street development atop the western end of Southern Cross Station has been taking shape.

More floors added to the 699 Bourke Street development atop Southern Cross Station

Have the works atop the station required that the lights on the ceiling be switched off for safety reasons?

May 2016 update

Still broken!

Diesel powered barrel lights still in use at Southern Cross Platform 13/14

October 2016 update

An ‘interim lighting solution’ will be installed at Southern Cross platforms 13 and 14.

Notice that a 'interim lighting solution' will be installed at Southern Cross platforms 13 and 14

The solution is a mix of LED floodlights and fluorescent batten lights fixed to existing vertical supports, powered via aerial hung cables 3 metres or so above the platform.

'Interim lighting solution' in place at Southern Cross platforms 13 and 14

'Interim lighting solution' in place at Southern Cross platforms 13 and 14

I wonder when a permanent fix will be put in place?

January 2017 update

The LED floodlights didn’t last long – some of the fixtures on platform 14 have already failed.

'Interim lighting solution' only a few months old, and this LED light at Southern Cross platform 14 has already failed

What will happen first – another ‘interim lighting solution’ failure, or installation of a permanent system?

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4 Responses to “Diesel powered lights at Southern Cross Station”

  1. Mike says:

    Did the station ever get its massive, taxpayer-funded exhaust fans mentioned in the 2011 Age article? Any photos of them?

    It still seemed pretty fumey last time I was there.

  2. Russell says:

    It has been a year now and someone is making huge money out of this generator hire scam.

    • Marcus Wong says:

      The latest rumour that I’ve heard is that the 699 Bourke / 664 Collins Street development cut into electrical cables in the concrete deck atop the platforms, and now Mirvac and the station authority are fighting over who has to pay for the repairs.

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