Photos from ten years ago: December 2010

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

Coming home

We start this month in the air, as I flew home after a trip to Hong Kong.

Looking over the industry of the western suburbs (with annotations)

Flying over the industrial areas of the western suburbs.

Quarries on Bunting Road, Brooklyn

And I was lucky enough to spot a freight train waiting at McIntyre Loop.

G class, S302 and CFCLA liveried S class stabled on a standard gauge grain at McIntyre Loop

Over the EJ Whitten Bridge spanning the Maribyrnong River.

EJ Whitten Bridge over the Maribyrnong River

My welcome to Melbourne – a sign warning passengers that Channel 7 is filming the TV show “Border Security“.

Sign warning passengers at Melbourne Airport that Channel 7 is filming the TV show "Border Security" today

Trains about Victoria

I passed through Southern Cross Station where the Myki rollout to V/Line trains was ramping up, where signs informed passengers that ticket checking would now occur at the station – in addition to existing checks onboard trains.

Sign informing passengers that ticket checking will soon start on the country platforms

And I gave my Octopus card from Hong Kong a try on a Myki reader, with little success.

MY MYKI STILL ISN'T WORKING!

Out in the western suburbs I captured The Overland headed into Melbourne.

A locust splattered NR91 leads nine carriages and the motorail wagon on the up at Brooklyn

And I made a trip north to the banks of the Murray River at Tocumwal.

Containers roll over the Murray River bridge into Tocumwal

Hot on the tail of a freight train.

G525 on arrival at Tocumwal

Which was being loaded with containers for the return journey to the Port of Melbourne.

G525 stabled at the up end of the yard, as unloading continues

A level crossing tour

I paid a visit to the Kororoit Creek Road level crossing on the Werribee line.

Alstom Comeng on the up at Kororoit Creek Road

Where work was well underway on the removal of the level crossing.

No visibility of approaching trains here: a Siemens passes through the Kororoit Creek Road level crossing, soon to be replaced by a second bridge

The first half of the road bridge was almost complete.

All spans of the westbound bridge complete, approach mound still to be completed

The level crossing being closed soon after, permitting the second carriageway to be built on the alignment.

I also headed down the line to Aircraft station.

17:28:51 - the Siemens finally gets on the move. It should have passed here minutes ages ago if government didn't cut corners on the Laverton rebuild budget...

And another level crossing – Aviation Road in Laverton.

17:25:31 - the gates finally come up at Aviation Road

It was replaced by a road overpass in 2019.

On the Sunbury line Anderson Road in Albion was still a level crossing.

VLocity 3VL24 on the down at Albion

It was removed in 2014 as part of Regional Rail Link.

And around the corner at Deer Park, V/Line trains crossed Mt Derrimut Road on the level.

P14 leading P12 depart Deer Park on an up push-pull ex-Bacchus Marsh

The number of trains passing through Deer Park exploded following the completion of Regional Rail Link, but the level crossings were ignored, until the 2018 announcement that they would be included in an expanded Level Crossing Removal Project.

Regional Rail Link

At Southern Cross Station platform 15 and 16 were looking complete except for track.

Looking up the almost finished platform 16

Except for the northern end, which was still bare steel.

North end of platform 15/16 still being built

While outside Werribee, work had stared on the future junction of Regional Rail Link and the existing Geelong line tracks.

Looking back to the down end of Manor Loop

And a Happy New Year!

I saw out 2010 onboard a special train operated by the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre.

S303 and B74 on arrival at Southern Cross

Arriving into Southern Cross just in time for the 9pm fireworks at Docklands.

Looking across the platform at Southern Cross at the 9pm fireworks at Docklands

Followed by far too many beers. 😛

Footnote

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

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