Photos from ten years ago: July 2007

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

We start in the southern Geelong suburb of Grovedale, where I photographed a pair of locomotives retuning light engine from the Waurn Ponds cement works.

X36 and H1 on the up at Grovedale, returning light engine from the Waurn Ponds cement works

X36 and H1 on the up at Grovedale, returning light engine from the Waurn Ponds cement works

X36 and H1 on the up at Grovedale, returning light engine from the Waurn Ponds cement works

Back then it was empty paddocks, but today the crest of the hill is the location of Waurn Ponds station, surrounded by cookie cutter houses on tiny blocks.

Over on the other side of Geelong, I captured a Genesee & Wyoming Australia operated grain train heading up the hill through Bell Post Hill behind a quartet of locomotives.

CLP17, GM42, 2210 and 2212 departs Geelong, at Bell Post Hill

Both operator and locomotives still exist today but they are an infrequent visitor to Victoria, sticking to their home turf of South Australia. My chosen location has also changed – the Geelong Ring Road now crosses the railway a short distance away.

A little further north I photographed a VLocity train arriving into Lara station.

Vlocity arriving into Lara

Back then Lara only had a small brick station building, with staff only in attendance during morning peak. Soon after I took my photo, work started on a major expansion project, the current station building being opened in 2008.

On odd sight I captured on the Princes Highway at Geelong was a railway carriage being moved by road.

On the road

This privately owned carriage was bound for the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre depot, previously being stored near South Geelong station.

Some I don’t visit often is the snow – Mount Hotham was the first time I’d ever gone to an actual snowfield.

Home Time

I was more interested in photography than the slopes.

Time for drinks

Capturing the equipment used to groom the slopes for skiers.

I thought I captioned it

Darn this is cool...

As well as the buses used to move them around the village.

Christians 2128AO at Dinner Plain, on the shuttle run to Mount Hotham

0658AC on the resort shuttle at Mount Hotham, in the Hotham livery

Finally, we end on a night time wander around Southern Cross Station – neither trains or passengers were visible.

Looking over an empty station by night

Bourke Street bridge empty of people

Looking north-west at an empty station from platform 2

Late night at the foot of the Bourke Street bridge

The fact that it was midnight probably had something to do with it!

Footnote

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

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9 Responses to “Photos from ten years ago: July 2007”

  1. Rockgecko says:

    Interesting to see a former Bendigo bus in the snow (the Christians bus)

  2. mich says:

    The fourth photo, with the orange locos, looks like a quartet of locos to me.

  3. Ives says:

    Speaking of Mt Hotham, I guess it isn’t quite 10 years in fact it’s not even 5 years to warrant a shout out to the last major commercial airline to roster a seasonal direct flight to the “highest runway” in Australia.

  4. Jordan says:

    what has happened to those retired carriages now?

    Have they been trashed even more?

  5. Jordan says:

    what about now,
    are they being used by steamrail victoria?

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