Photos from ten years ago: September 2010

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

In the city

Trams on Swanston Street still stopped in the middle of the road, leaving anyone with limited mobility out in the cold.

Z3.156 picks up passengers at the corner of Swanston and Bourke Streets

The current platform stops were completed between May 2011 and July 2012.

At Richmond station, additional next train displayed were installed at the city end, each hiding beneath their own private section of roof.

Shelters erected a few months ago to allow another set of PIDs to be installed at the city end

Passengers had to wait until 2015 to gain their own shelters, installed at a cost of $7.28 million.

And at Southern Cross Station work on the new platform 15 and 16 was still crawling along.

Base of the stairs to platform 15/16: hopefully the escalators will appear on both sides...

They eventually opened in December 2013.

While over at the entrance to the country platforms, Myki readers had been installed.

Myki FPDs on the entry to the country platforms

Myki eventually replaced paper V/Line tickets in February 2014.

As part of the rollout the ‘Myki Discovery Centre‘ at Southern Cross was refitted as a customer service centre.

Myki Discovery Centre at Southern Cross now set up to serve actual customers

But it is worth remembering that Metcard wasn’t perfect – the gates needed regular clearing to ensure they read magnetic stripe tickets reliably.

ERG technician cleaning the Metcard slot of a ticket barrier

Out in nowhere land

Out the back of Docklands, I explored the disused railway sidings that once served the port.

The western side of West Tower

Including an abandoned passenger carriage.

Wegmann carriage OWA91 stored under the old Cement Shed at the Melbourne Steel Terminal

Wegmann carriage OWA91 was originally built for the Commonwealth Railways in 1952, passing through a number of owners before arriving in Melbourne in 2006. There it remained until September 2017, when it was destroyed by fire in arson attack.

But beside the Maribyrnong River at Footscray something new was taking shape – the Heavenly Queen Temple.

Heavenly Queen Temple beside the Maribyrnong River at Footscray

The main hall opened to the public in 2015, with further halls still under construction today.

Changed scenes in Footscray

At Footscray station, the new footbridge was finally completed.

The new Footscray footbridge

Nearby I found an old Darrell Lea sign hand painted on the shops over the railway line at Nicholson Street.

Old 'Darrell Lea' sign on a brick wall

And at West Footscray station I found a V/Line train headed for the city, crawling along behind a stopping all stations suburban train.

VLocity 3VL42 on the up at West Footscray, following a spark into town so stopping all signals

None of which exist today, Regional Rail Link having completely transformed the area.

To make room for the extra V/Line tracks, the footbridge at Footscray station was partially demolished in 2013, the shops on the Nicholson Street bridge were removed, and a massive new station at West Footscray was built on a new site.

Thankfully for Deer Park the $5 million upgrade to the station platform and car park didn’t go to waste.

Refurbished station at Deer Park

New timetables introduced following the completion of Regional Rail Link saw the station get three to four trains an hour, instead of the train every two hours it used to see.

And the police state

In the streets of Footscray I found a Victoria Police CCTV van.

I think I am being watched...

It entered service in 2008, until an officer tried to drive it under a low bridge, destroying the cameras on the roof!


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

  1. Kevin says:

    “The gates needed regular clearing to prevent them reading the magnetic stripe tickets reliably.”
    Yep. couldn’t have the gates reading the Metcard tickets reliably. People would expect everything to work.

  2. Tom the first and best says:

    Those PID shelters at Richmond did provide some shelter for passengers, including at times me, although a limited number in a limited location. The upgraded shelter of the rest of the platforms and the stadium end ramps was and remains very welcome.

    • Marcus Wong says:

      Frankly I was surprised when they added the full shelters at the city end of Richmond station – $7.28 million spent purely to make things better for waiting passengers!

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