Photos from ten years ago: December 2009

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is December 2009.

We start overlooking Southern Cross Station, where the Docklands skyline was a lot emptier.

Waiting for a signal onto the main line

As was that of Spencer Street.

Three car running already underway at 6.05pm? What a joke!

And the western edge of the CBD.

B2.2083 on route 86 crosses the La Trobe Street bridge

Back in 2009 the explosion of (flammable!) apartment blocks was yet to take off, with 3-car trains still used after 6 PM on some suburban railway lines, and low floor E class trams not appearing on route 86 until 2016.

Metro Trains Melbourne had just taken over from Connex, so a rebranding effort was underway, like this train at West Footscray.

City bound train departs Tottenham

These ones parked for the night at North Melbourne.

Pair of Siemens with Metro stickers stabled at Melbourne Yard

And this one at Footscray.

St Albans on the headboard, and Metro stickers on the front

Passing beneath the new footbridge.

Western steps between the bridge and the shops

A decade on Regional Rail Link has changed this entire rail corridor beyond recognition, with new tracks at North Melbourne, the near new Footscray footbridge demolished then rebuilt, a rebuilt station at West Footscray, and an extra pair of tracks between the city and Sunshine.

Next up – a ride to the country, where there was a long line at Southern Cross Station to buy a V/Line ticket.

A long wait in the V/Line ticket line at Southern Cross Station

In the days before myki paper tickets were the only option for V/Line travel, and had to be purchased for a specific date, leading to massive queues in the leadup to holiday periods.

But I followed it up with a far more laid back train journey, heading to Tocumwal with the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre.

Crowds throng the platform, including Santa

With Santa even coming along the the ride.

Santa out on the balcony of parlor car 'Yarra'

I also headed home to Geelong for Christmas, and passed a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 firefighting air tanker stationed at Avalon Airport.

Firefighting air tanker N17085 (McDonnell Douglas DC-10) stationed at Avalon

Registration N17085, it was based at Avalon from January to March 2010 for the summer fire season, but I don’t think it was ever called into service.

On the other side of Geelong, I photographed a V/Line train headed further afield to Warrnambool.

N458 leads a down train out of Grovedale

Back then the area south of Grovedale was empty paddocks.

Edge of suburbia

And empty country roads.

Empty country road

But change was coming – stage 4A of the Geelong Ring Road was underway, turning the area into a commuter destination.

Tangle at Waurn Ponds Creek

Today the paddocks are the Armstrong Creek urban growth area – the Anglesea Road level crossing was grade separated in 2011, Waurn Ponds station opened in 2014, and the Baanip Boulevard connection to the Surf Coast Highway was completed in 2015.


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One Response to “Photos from ten years ago: December 2009”

  1. Andrew says:

    “explosion of (flammable!) apartment blocks”. I laughed.

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