Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time December 2005.
Southern Cross Station was still a construction site, with platforms yet to be finished.
However the Collins Street concourse was virtually complete – and a lot cleaner looking than it is today!
December 22 saw the launch of the Regional Fast Rail project, with brand new VLocity trains entering service at 160 km/h on the upgraded Ballarat line.
I travelled out to Ballarat that day and found a shunting locomotive sitting in the goods yard – since then freight trains no longer stop at Ballarat.
The same month I also visited Swan Hill, where I found a number of boxvans sitting at the freight terminal beside the station. Again, Swan Hill is another location where freight trains no longer run.
I also headed down to the Breakwater in Geelong, and captured a V/Line service on the way to Warrnambool crossing the Barwon River bridge.
And finally – the beginning of the end for manually operated doors on V/Line trains, when a prototype power operated door system was fitted to a set of N type carriages.
Once the door motors and locks were proven in service, the system was rolled out to the rest of the V/Line fleet that featured ‘swing’ doors, with the last train with manual doors running in March 2009.
The full photos from ten years ago series.