Photos from ten years ago: April 2010

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is April 2010.

Building everywhere

The new footbridge at Footscray station was finally finished.

New footbridge at Footscray by dusk

But the ‘roof’ was anything but – perforated panels let water through every time it rained!

They cover over the top of the new Footscray footbridge, but use perforated panels that let water through?

In 2013 the bridge was partially demolished to make room for Regional Rail Link.

The Olympic Doughnut stall hiding in the shadows fared better.

Olympic Doughnuts

Construction worked around the van until it relocated to a brand new store in 2014, remaining in business until the retirement of owner Nick Tsiligiris in 2017.

At the corner of Royal Parade and Flemington Road in Parkville, demolition of the former Royal Dental Hospital commended.

Looking in from Royal Parade

Abandoned since 2003 when the hospital moved around the corner to Carlton.

Main entry onto Flemington Road

The site is now occupied by the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

Construction of the 717 Bourke Street office tower in Docklands were underway, with a new footbridge over Wurundjeri Way connecting it to Southern Cross Station.

New footbridge over Wurundjeri Way, linking the Bourke Street footbridge and a new office block

TV station GTV9 moved their Melbourne studio from Richmond to the completed building in 2011.

Scenes that are gone

The skyline of Southbank hit pause between the completion of Eureka Tower in 2006, and Prima Pearl in 2014.

Looking back to Federation Square from under Exhibition Street

But today the even taller Australia 108 dominates the scene.

Back in 2010 V/Line trains to Geelong used the Werribee line tracks.

P13 leads a second push-pull football special through Laverton, kicking up the dust on relaid track

Since 2015 they have travelled via the new Melbourne suburbs of Wyndham Vale and Tarneit, follow the completion of Regional Rail Link.

While trains to Bendigo shared the Sunbury line tracks as far as Sunshine, passing through the Anderson Road level crossing at Albion.

VLocity VL12 and classmate on the up depart Albion

The level crossing having been replaced by a road under rail bridge in 2014.

Changing of the trains

Hitachi trains were still clunking their way around Melbourne, like this one arriving into the old West Footscray station.

Hitachi with a rusted roof sets down passengers at West Footscray

But brand new X’Trapolis trains were entering service, ready to replace them.

Three new X'Trapolis in a row: 14M, 16M and 18M

Meanwhile the Siemens trains fleet couldn’t stay out of trouble – another spate of braking issues saw additional restrictions applied to the fleet.

The second (much newer) Siemens speed restriction signs, located further out as an advance warning

The issue finally resolved in 2011 following the installation of sanding gear to the trains.

Melbourne was also in the middle of the change from Metcard to Myki, but the reliability of the new technology left something to be desired.

FPD showing a IP address conflict message from Windows CE

Metcard being finally switched off in December 2012.

Rail freight

QR National was running colourful freight trains into Melbourne with their fleet of diesel locomotives.

LDP009, LDP002, 2202 and X54 at North Dynon, having arrived on BM7 the night before

The company rebranded itself as Aurizon in 2012, and quit intermodal rail freight in 2017, to instead focus on coal haulage.

Meanwhile rival freight operator Pacific National was busy clearing their yards of life expired freight wagons.

P22 clear of the signal, briquette hoppers behind the loco

Louvred vans, flour hoppers, then the motorail wagons...

Cutting them up to take advantage of high scrap metal prices.

And track maintenance

When Metro Trains Melbourne took over the operation of Melbourne’s rail network, they made some big promises – improved track maintenance being one of them.

Track renewal with low profile concrete sleepers at Hawksburn

They ordered some shiny new spoil containers to help in the task rebuilding Melbourne’s tracks.

CFCLA flat wagons at Melbourne Yard arrivals, fitted with new spoil containers for MTM suburban works trains

Replacing rotten timber sleepers with sturdier concrete ones.

Low profile concrete sleepers at Hawksburn

But given how run down the network was, it made little difference – Metro had ‘inherited a dog’.

Down at Flinders Street Station the wheels were turning slowly – it took six weeks to repair a storm damaged ceiling.

Finally repairing the ceiling damage from the March 7 storms, only 6 weeks for some plasterboard!

But progress at Southern Cross Station was even slower – the $5 million in repairs was yet to start.

Six weeks after the storm hit, scaffolding in place to protect electronics from the weather

The only upside – the ‘temporary’ CRT next train displays were finally being removed, years after the station had been ‘officially’ opened.

Finally removing the 'temporary' CRT next train displays, after how many years?

The joys of a public-private partnership!


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One Response to “Photos from ten years ago: April 2010”

  1. Kurt O. Borchers says:

    yep it was a long time ago
    thank you for historical trip
    btw good photos

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