Photos from ten years ago: May 2010

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

New construction around Geelong

There was plenty of work happening around Geelong, with construction of the stage 4A of the Geelong Ring Road underway at Waurn Ponds

New ring road bridge crossing over the highway, which crosses the creek

Passing over the original 1868 stone bridge built by the Barrabool Shire.

Built in 1868 by the Barrabool Shire

And the railway station car park at Geelong station was being rebuilt.

Digging up the car park, remains of the goods platform face now exposed

At a cost of $24.5 million.

Government propaganda in the middle of the car park works

The heritage listed signal box at the Melbourne end of Geelong station also having been restored.

Perspex sheet over the outside of the windows

Progress in Melbourne

Myki was now active on the Melbourne railway network, with a stall at Flinders Street Station was promoting myki to passengers.

Still plugging away at promoting Myki

While the rollout to trams was continuing, with the installation of ticket machines at CBD tram stops.

'We're getting trams ready for myki' sign at the Flinders Street platform stop

New X’Trapolis trains were arriving into Melbourne, and I found one on the wharf at Webb Dock.

Unidentified X'Trapolis M car sitting on the wharf at Webb Dock

But much slower were repairs to storm damage at Southern Cross Station – two months on, and counting.

Temporary scaffolding above platform 3/4 pending roof repairs for the storm a few months ago

Scenes that have changed

2010 saw Metro Trains ramp up maintenance across the Melbourne rail network, with one projects being the relaying of track through South Yarra station.

Topping off the last few containers on the spoil train

Back then there were gardens beside the railway lines at South Yarra – since cleared to make room for Metro Tunnel works.

Loaded spoil train at South Yarra

While the sidings at ‘E’ gate are now gone – cleared to make room for the West Gate ‘Tunnel’ project.

Eleven wagons and 22 containers all loaded with dirty ballast

Ding ding

Malvern tram depot celebrated its centenary this month, with a public open day held to commemorate the opening of the Prahran and Malvern Tramways Trust on 30 May 1910.

Tram 84 runs out of the depot for a filming run

Heritage trams #44 and #84 were brought down by road from the Bendigo Tramways for the occasion, with tram #44 running special trips between the depot and Dandenong Road.

Tram 44 head north up Glenferrie Road, D1.3533 following behind

Unfortunately in the decade since no heritage trams have operated on the Melbourne tramway network.

In the scrapyard

Rail freight operator Pacific National was busy scrapping redundant rolling stock.

Heading down the siding to the scrapping site

Lifting the wagons off their bogies.

Back down again

Lining them up beside the tracks.

Another louvred van lifted off the rails, the claw still absent

Ready for a claw equipped excavator.

Having got over the green van, hacking away at a new one

Ripping them up into a pile of shredded scrap metal.

The pile of scrapped wagons at Brooklyn not looking much bigger


On 4 May a suburban train bound for Craigieburn proceeded past two red signals, and crashed into the rear of a stationary freight train.

Hacking away at the tail end of the Apex train

They came together at a speed of 47 km/h, pushing the freight train forward 30 metres, before eventually coming to a halt 16 metres after the point of impact.

661M and 310M very close, the scharfenberg coupler collapsed as designed

The driver and 14 passengers on the suburban train were treated by paramedics on site, with the driver and four passengers subsequently being taken to hospital.

Channel 7 6 PM news on location

The recovery of the train continued throughout the night.

Collapsed scharfenberg coupler between the two M cars

The investigation determined that the driver of the suburban train had passed two signals at stop and travelled at speeds up to 69 km/h, in contravention of the normal rules and operating procedures, but the reason for their actions could not be determined.

However the safety issue that led to the crash was only partially addressed, leading to a similar collision in 2014. The ATSB then became involved, and so in 2018 Metro Trains finally put in place engineering controls to prevent a similar collision occurring again.


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4 Responses to “Photos from ten years ago: May 2010”

  1. Julian Calaby says:

    FYI: images after the first two are broken if the page is loaded with https.

    • Marcus Wong says:

      The images in question are all referenced via HTTP from my photo gallery, but the server that hosts them has been redirecting all HTTP requests to HTTPS for some time now.

      It works fine for all the browsers I’m using, but there must be some out there that don’t like mixed-mode content, hence your issues.

      I reckon I’ll just do a bulk update of my URLs to force them to HTTPS, and fix this issue permanently.

    • Marcus Wong says:

      And now the plot thickens – I’m seeing the same image loading issues you are, with “Blocked loading mixed active content” warnings in my browser console.

  2. That is a very busy May. From Myki to train crashes.

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