Photos from ten years ago: April 2008

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is April 2008.

On April 2 a dust storm hit Victoria – here was my view on the train home to Geelong.

Dust storm at Lara

The storm also brought down trees, stopping trains passing through Glenferrie station.

Mainco workers checking the tracks at Glenferrie during the recent storms

Opposite Southern Cross Station, work on the new offices for The Age was starting, with a tower crane being erected to place massive steel beams to span the railway tracks below.

Crane erection

Closer to home work was well underway on the Geelong Ring Road, with the bridges over the Moorabool River at Fyansford almost complete.

Building the Lewis Bandt Bridge to carry the Geelong Ring Road over the Moorabool River

The long cutting between Ceres and Fyansford had also been cut through the Barrabool Hills.

Climb up to Barrabool Road

Down at the North Geelong rail yards Pacific National was busy clearing out their collection of life expired freight wagons.

Loading up an ELX to take away

Cranes picked up each wagon, allowing the wheelsets to be taken away for reuse.

Moving a bogie from under the wagon

With the bodies being loaded onto trucks, and taken away to the scrap yard.

Taking away an ELX by road

Also at North Geelong I found this two car VLocity train, passing the resleeping work mentioned last month.

VL40 Melbourne bound at North Geelong

This collection of hi-rail equipped excavators was fitted with specialised to complete the work.

Lined up again

Such as cleaning out the ballast.

Excavator with an attachment to clear out the ballast for new sleepers to be put in

Sleeper insertion.

Excavator with a sleeper insertion attachment fitted

And ballast tamping.

Ballast tamper attachment on a front end loader

At Richmond station I saw a train that no longer exists – an A class diesel headed for Frankston, with a single carriage in tow.

A60 leads the down Stony Point transfer through Richmond station

Back then the Franskton – Stony Point service was operated by diesel locomotives hauling two to three ‘MTH’ type carriages, with the engine needing to run around the train at rach end of the line. This ended in April 2008, when the current Sprinter railcar service was introduced.

Footnote

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4 Responses to “Photos from ten years ago: April 2008”

  1. Really interesting photos. It’s a wonder that the expired freight wagons couldn’t have been towed by train somewhere for disposal. A two car VLocity train is a real blast from the past. About ten years ago my ex sister in law had a market stall at Frankston Market and I remember seeing from the market a train engine named Sir Harold Clapp taking off with carriages to Stony Point.

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