Photos from ten years ago: November 2010

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

Like most months we start down at Geelong, where I paid a visit to Marshall station. There I found a locomotive hauled train running around the carriage set, ready to form a new service back to Melbourne.

The shunter looks on during the run around at Marshall with N460 and a SN set

And a few kilometres away I captured a V/Line service from Warrnambool headed through the paddocks outside Waurn Ponds.

These houses have only sprung up in the past year or so

The scene at both stations is now completely different – the empty paddocks are now covered with houses, Waurn Ponds station having opened on the site in 2014, and VLocity railcars now run the bulk of services on the Geelong line.

On the other side of Geelong, track duplication work was underway on the main line west to Adelaide.

Work between the Geelong Ring Road and Anakie Road

The second track was completed in 2012, and allows grain trains to access the Port of Geelong without conflicting with through services.

On the drive up to Melbourne, I spotted a Qantas jet taking off from Avalon Airport, the pilot in training performing touch-and-go landings.

Have we got the wrong airport? Qantas 737 takes off from Avalon on a pilot training run

Today it’s more likely to be bound for long term storage.

I also found some American visitors on the apron at Melbourne Airport – Boeing E-4B 747-200B #31677 and Boeing C-32 757-200 #90004, bringing United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Australia on an official visit.

American visitors on the apron at Melbourne Airport

I can’t see any state visits by foreign officials happening any time soon.

Ding ding! Outside Flemington Racecourse on Melbourne Cup day I found six trams sitting in the siding on Union Road, waiting to take patrons home after the big race.

Four B2s and two D2 class trams sit in the Showgrounds Loop to collect Melbourne Cup patrons after the race

This year – empty stands.

Back in 2010 Metcard was still the ticket to use to travel by train.

Armaguard staff swapping over the cash vaults from the Metcard machines at Flinders Street Station

They were eventually replaced by Myki in 2012.

A more random visit was the Bradmill factory beside the West Gate Freeway in Yarraville.

'Denim Park' at the Bradmill factory still intact

Back then it was just another factory, but in the decade since it has became an urbex hotspot.

With another changed industrial scene being the Melbourne Steel Terminal, located in the shadows of Melbourne Docklands.

XR551 stabled at the Melbourne Steel Terminal

Once used to ship steel products down to Hastings, the terminal closed in 2015 to make room for the ‘E’ Gate development, but was instead taken over by the West Gate ‘Tunnel’ project for a tangle of freeway ramps.

Finally, I made my way out to Melbourne Airport by bus, where the route 901 ‘Smartbus’ stopped out in the middle of nowhere.

Bus stop for the 901 Smartbus at Melbourne Airport: Invicta bus #8901 rego 2248AO

It’s a little easier to find these days – the Terminal 4 transport interchange.

But my destination was elsewhere.

Taking off from Melbourne Airport runway 34

Hong Kong.

Victoria Peak at dusk

During my two and a bit week long trip I had a monkey around with my Myki on the Octopus card readers.

WHY ISN'T MY MYKI WORKING! (should I ask the station staff?)

And I took thousands of photos, of which 2,391 of them eventually made it online.

Footnote

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

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