Photos from ten years ago: June 2010

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

A different skyline

The skyline west end of the Melbourne CBD was much emptier.

W7.1012 heads west on La Trobe Street

Melbourne Star observation wheel still in pieces.

3VL21 gets on the move at Franklin Street - why the @$!~! is there congestion at 1pm in the afternoon?

Nothing behind Southern Cross Station.

Y129 shunts power van PH454 and set FSH24 into the platform

Or Docklands Stadium.

W6.971 heads east on La Trobe Street

Worries of flammable cladding yet to come.

The asbestos filled Spencer Street Power Station was gone, with a display suite for the ‘Upper West Side’ development occupying the site.

Display suite for Melbourne's new 'Upper West Side' development

The $550 million development was completed in 2016, with 2,207 apartments across four towers.

And over at Spotswood, VicTrack had started cleaning up a similarly contaminated railway yard.

Plastic cover in place over the contaminated soil

The soil contaminated with arsenic, copper, lead and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons was entombed beneath a concrete slab, at what is now a rail freight depot for Sadleirs Transport.

The former Royal Dental Hospital had also been turned into a big hole.

A big hole where the hospital used to be, excavators having cleared the site

The Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre was built on the site, opening in 2016.

But the Royal Women’s Hospital was still there.

South facade of the "3AW Community Service Board Block" of the former Royal Women's Hospital

It lay empty for another decade, until recently demolished for a $425 million University of Melbourne expansion.

Transport

On 6 June 2010 the ribbon was cut on a brand new railway station – Coolaroo on the Craigieburn line, between Broadmeadows and Roxburgh Park.

Outside the station

With then-Premier John Brumby and Minister for Public Transport Martin Pakula in attendance.

Taking questions from the media

Over at Southern Cross Station the platforms were covered in artificial grass.

Artificial grass laid on platform 3/4 for a Dairy Farmers promotion

As part of Dairy Farmers’ “City to Country” campaign for yoghurt.

Handing out free yoghurt to tie in with Southern Cross Station being covered with yoghurt advertising

2010 saw new trains finally arriving on the Melbourne rail network to address peak time crowding, but there was nowhere to park them at night.

VLocity collects passengers at North Melbourne platform 6

So a $12 million stabling yard at Newport was under construction.

Concrete points leading into the new stabling sidings

But even bigger money was also being spent on road projects – work was underway on the $371 million West Gate Bridge Strengthening project.

Scaffolding and a suspended work platform

With a web of scaffolding erected beneath the bridge.

Another suspended gantry

The work reinforced the bridge to carry five lanes in each direction, following the narrowing of traffic lanes from 3.5m to 3.1m wide, with a 0.5m shoulder.

And a holiday related footnote

I headed over to South Australia on holiday.

Something appearing out of the fog at Mt Lofty

Where I found The Overland passing through Mount Lofty.

NR62 leads the eastbound Overland out of Adelaide

Making a trip down to Victor Harbor for the horse tramway.

Ready for the next trip out to Granite Island

And the SteamRanger tourist railway.

Redhen 428 on arrival at Victor Harbor

And going for a ride on their clapped out diesel suburban trains.

Interior of a non-refurbished 3100 class railcar

But the South Australian Government was busy spruiking their upcoming public transport investments.

SA Government banners at Adelaide station spruiking their transport investments

Footnote

Here you can find the rest of my ‘photos from ten years ago‘ series.

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