Photos from ten years ago: August 2010

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

Scenes that are gone

The western skyline of the Melbourne CBD was much sparser.

B2.2124 on route 86 along the La Trobe Street Bridge

Today apartment towers cover the former Spencer Street Power Station, The Age building, and Australia Post sorting facility.

The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel was still in pieces.

N452 leads set SZ7 into the station - the same consist as a few days ago...

It didn’t reopen until 2013.

And the Lacrosse building hadn’t been built yet.

SW5.845 on route 30 along the La Trobe Street Bridge

It was completed in 2012, only to catch fire two years later.

Williams Landing was just an abandoned RAAF airfield.

EDI Comeng heads out of the spotlight as it approaches Aircraft station

The station opened in 2013.

West Footscray station was a shadow of what it is now.

WGSY grain wagons snaking through the curves

As was Sunshine station.

EDI Comeng arrives into Sunshine with a down Watergardens service

Both were rebuilt in 2012-14 with stairs, lifts and ramps serving massive overhead concourses as part of the Regional Rail Link project.

Old and clunky

Hitachi trains were still running around Melbourne.

Hitachi 294M on the up at Stony Creek, Yarraville

Onboard a Hitachi train running an evening peak service

Their last revenue service was back in December 2013.

Metcard was also still the ticket to travel across Melbourne.

Metcard barriers closed at Glenferrie - and a massive backlog of dickhead passengers who doesn't realise you need to pay for a ticket

It was eventually switched off in 2012, replaced by Myki.

Playing catch up

V/Line was having trouble on the Ballarat line, thanks to something called fairy grass.

Fairy grass blown across the paddocks towards the line at Parwan Loop

The grass would be blown across the tracks, then crushed by rail wheels, creating a film on the tracks that reduced adhesion, necessitating a 25km/h speed limit through the area.

Fences erected at the up end of the loop to stop fairy grass covering the tracks

Metro Trains was starting to play catchup on maintenance, like this hi-rail truck working on the overhead wires at Altona station.

RFW all-wheel-drive overhead line maintenance truck, outside Altona station during an occupation

The tracks at Sunshine station were also being dug up.

B76 on a spoil train at Sunshine, platform 1 all dug up

The spoil being loaded onto a train for removal from the work site, then transferred onto trucks for disposal.

Unloading the spoil train at the Albion flour mill siding

The Victorian Government was also playing catch up, with the installation of a permanent suicide fence along the West Gate Bridge.

Anti-suicide barriers being installed on the West Gate Bridge

Replacing temporary concrete barriers added a few years earlier.

Downhill on the West Gate Bridge

The barriers were successful, cutting the number of deaths.

Pretty pictures

I went for a wander around Melbourne Central station.

McDonalds window facing the Swanston Street concourse of Melbourne Central

Peering down the City Loop tunnels.

Congestion in the City Loop - a Comeng waits about 300 metres back from the platform at Flagstaff, waiting for the train in front to clear the station

Waited around at Ascot Vale.

Waiting passengers at Ascot Vale

And headed to Ballarat to follow a steam train.

Simmering away across the paddock

And a note on Queensland

During 2010 the Queensland Government was preparing to sell off rail freight operator QR National in a public float, with advertisements appearing all over Melbourne.

More QR National advertising, this time at a Melbourne tram stop: Collins and Swanston Streets

Following the sale QR National was rebranded as Aurizon, and withdrawing from intermodal freight operations in 2017, to instead focus on hauling export coal.

Footnote

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

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