Archive for 2018

Aircraft hangars at Avalon Airport

Avalon Airport is located south of Geelong and has six empty aircraft hangars, but I’ve only ever been able to find five of them. So why were they built, and where is the other hangar? The backstory In 1952 the Commonwealth Government bought 1,754 hectares (4,333 acres) at Avalon to enable the expansion of the […]

The car park that ate Footscray

When you take a look at the street network of Footscray, everything looks much like many other inner Melbourne suburbs – a network of narrow streets lined by terrace houses. But if you take a close look next door to the Footscray Park campus of Victoria University, you’ll see something quite different. It’s a sea […]

Photos from ten years ago: October 2008

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is October 2008. As usual we start down at Geelong, were I paid a visit to the future Geelong Ring Road interchange at Waurn Ponds. This interchange opened in June 2009 as the terminus of stage 3, with the freeway extended […]

Adventures of a retired level crossing boom gate

This is the story of the boom gate that once protected the Furlong Road level crossing on the Sunbury line, and the adventures it has had since it was made redundant by grade separation. The boom gate was there to prevent motorists from driving into the level crossing – but motorists still ended up on […]

Footy fans, special trains and sore losers

It’s AFL Grand Final week so what better time to take a look at the planning behind the special trains that transport fans to and from games. Throughout the AFL season V/Line runs additional trains between Geelong and Melbourne, transporting Cats fans to Etihad Stadium and the MCG. Geelong made it into both the 2009 […]