Photos from ten years ago: September 2006

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is September 2006, where the only thing I appear to have photographed was trains.

We start at Flinders Street Station, where the steps under the clocks were covered with emos. Whatever happened to them?

Under the clocks

One night over at Southern Cross Station I caught the last train home to Geelong.

Last train of the night at Southern Cross

From the since-demolished Rising Sun footbridge at Middle Footscray I photographed a freight train being overtaken by a suburban services.

Siemens passing 8153, GM36, Txxx, T40x at Middle Footscray

Over at Newport I photographed the Waurn Ponds to Lyndhurst cement train – a traffic since lost to rail.

A71 on the up Waurn Ponds - Lyndhurst cement train at Newport

And still on the subject of traffic lost to rail – the same month I also photographed an oil train bound for the Shell Refinery at Corio.

Y118 taking oil pots out to Shell, at North Shore

A decade ago mixed freight services still ran in Victoria – this train was conveying cement, oil and grain in dedicated wagons, as well as a load of beer kegs in a louvred van.

Cement hoppers, a few oil pots and louvred vans, a short rake of grain hoppers, more cement hoppers, and some more oil pots

While this train from Mildura was a mix of containers bound for export via the Port of Melbourne, and smaller freight consignments loaded together in louvred vans.

G525 and P19 on the up Mildura at Corio

However one thing that doesn’t seem to have changed is track maintenance – here at North Shore we see the tracks completely covered with grass.

Grassy track at North Shore

Footnote

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

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