Photos from ten years ago: April 2007

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is April 2007.

Plenty of trains again this month – starting with a 8-car long V/Line special departing Geelong, loaded with cats fans headed for the MCG.

P14 leads an 8-car long push-pull football special at North Geelong

There were also a number of special tour trains running. I captured Steamrail Victoria running a diesel-hauled school holiday special train from Melbourne to Geelong.

T356 arriving into Geelong

The Seymour Railway Heritage Centre also visited town, with a train south to Warrnambool.

T357 - T320 at North Geelong on SRHC's 'Warrnambool Blue' tour

And even a train operated by the New South Wales Rail Transport Museum, who took their ‘Southern Auroa’ consist from NSW through to the western Victoria city of Ararat.

A bit further down the line, 4201 and 4520 approach the former station at Moorabool

I also captured some more everyday workings, like this Warrnambool bound V/Line service in the southern Geelong suburb of Grovedale.

N456 on a down Warrnambool, at Grovedale

Along with a Waurn Ponds cement train.

X31 at Grovedale, returning from Waurn Ponds with loaded cement wagons

And this Genesee & Wyoming Australia operated grain train.

CLP17-CLF5-CLP14 on a Melbourne bound grain at Corio

Something unexpected was this power failure at Geelong station, which shut down V/Line rail services.

Geelong station in the dark after a power failure

Trains could still keep keep on running, thanks to the redundant power supplies that feed the railway signals, but the lack of station lighting was considered a safety hazard for passengers.

Geelong station in the dark after a power failure

Finally I paid a visit to the tin shed at Avalon that passes for an airport. The air traffic control is located opposite the terminal.

Air traffic control tower on the hill to the south

With passengers using portable stairs to access the aircraft.

Front and rear stairs in place

Footnote

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

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