Photos from ten years ago: December 2005

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.

Platform 7/8 still under construction

However the Collins Street concourse was virtually complete – and a lot cleaner looking than it is today!

Collins Street concourse virtually complete

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.

VLocity units VL18 and VL23 at Southern Cross

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.

Local shunter Y119 stabled in the Ballarat goods yard

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.

Freightgate shed with stabled RT and VLCX louvred vans

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.

N451 crossing the Barwon River, with power van PCO2 in the consist

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.

First version of the N set power door system, as fitted to set FN19

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.

Further reading

The full photos from ten years ago series.

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3 Responses to “Photos from ten years ago: December 2005”

  1. Andrew says:

    I wonder which kilometre of the journey to Ballarat is when the VLocity hits 160 km/h?

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