Photos from ten years ago: June 2006

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – June 2006.

On the La Trobe Street bridge I spotted a green liveried W class tram on a route 30 service.

W7.1019 on La Trobe Street

Today the skyline has been filled out with apartment blocks, and the W class trams are gone – withdrawn from route 30 in December 2014.

Meanwhile on the edge of Docklands I swung past the front gate of the Melbourne Steel Terminal – here large gantry cranes were used for transhipping loads between broad and standard gauge freight trains, on their journey between Hastings and the rest of Australia.

BL34, BL32, BL30 and BL29 shunting wagons beneath the Mi-Jack crane used for transhipping loads

The area is also known as ‘E Gate’ and is proposed for high density development – the freight terminal itself closed in mid 2015.

I also went past the South Dynon locomotive depot, where I found a collection of rusted out Y class diesel locomotives in storage.

Rotten road Y classes at South Dynon

There they sat for many years, until they finally got the chop in 2015.

Still on the hunt for freight trains, I made my way out to the ‘Rising Sun’ footbridge at Middle Footscray station.

8173 and 8160 on a grain train chase a down Sydenham service at West Footscray

Said view is no longer possible, with the massive 1 McNab Avenue tower in Footscray dominating the skyline, and the footbridge itself was demolished in 2013 to make way for the additional Regional Rail Link tracks.

I also stopped by at East Richmond station, where a number of Comeng trains passed me by.

Alstom Comeng on the up at East Richmond

2006 also marked the end of widespread usage of ‘half sized’ trains on off-peak suburban services, such as this three car long Werribee line service.

3-car Siemens on the up at Newport South

In the past decade order upon order of new X’Trapolis trains have been delivered and deployed onto the Burnley and Clifton Hill groups of lines, resulting in the Comeng fleet being sent elsewhere in Melbourne, and six car long trains being the norm.

Another outing during June 2006 was a trip with the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre from Seymour to Geelong and return.

T378 at Southern Cross, with N class in the background

The lead locomotive was T378 – then last active diesel still wearing the V/Line orange and grey livery from the 1980s.

At Southern Cross I also saw something much shinier – VLocity unit VL31 soon after entering service.

VL31 soon after entering service

Footnote

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2 Responses to “Photos from ten years ago: June 2006”

  1. Rob says:

    Just to be picky 🙂 Surely the ‘rising sun’ footbridge was at West Footscray, not Middle Footscray?

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