Photos from ten years ago: July 2006

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – July 2006 was a month were I didn’t photograph much of historical note.

I must have been on my mid-semester break from uni, as I drove out to the Blue Circle Southern cement works at Waurn Ponds to photograph a cement train.

A78 shunting empty hoppers into the sidings

I also spent a day photographing trains on the Geelong line at North Shore, where I saw this short freight service bound for the Shell oil refinery at Corio.

Y171 heads through North Shore bound for the refinery at Corio

Both sources of freight have since moved to road transport – the last fuel train ran in Victoria in early 2008, while the final cement train ran in December 2015.

However one thing that looks pretty much the same is Southern Cross Station.

Football crowds at Southern Cross

Suburban trains haven’t changed much, other than the branding changing from Connex to Metro Trains.

Football crowds at Southern Cross

But the big difference is escalator reliability, if the recent spate of breakdowns is anything to go by.

Footnote

Here you can find the rest of my ‘photos from ten years ago‘ series.

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