Archive for 2021

Photos from ten years ago: October 2011

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is October 2011. A land before COVID Remember peak hour crowds at CBD railway stations? I wrote about it a decade ago, and ended up in The Age. In the years since much faster ticket readers by Vix have been deployed […]

What is the biggest aircraft to land at Essendon Airport?

Today Essendon Airport? is mainly used by business jets and light aircraft, but it was once Melbourne’s main international gateway. But what was the biggest aircraft to land there? Some history Until the 1960s Essendon Airport was Melbourne’s main airport, seeing a wide range of piston-powered airliners. Photo by Peter Hough, via Wikimedia Commons But […]

Then, now and in between at Footscray station

Here’s a special “then an now” comparison for you – four different scenes at Footscray, featuring the olden days, 1990s malaise, the short lived “Colander Bridge“, and today. Step inside We start at the main entrance to the station, where a steep ramp once directed passengers down to the intersection of Irving and Leeds Street. […]

Destroyed heritage at Clunes station

You’d think that in this day and age restoring a heritage station building wouldn’t be that difficult – but in 2010 contractors managed to screw up a job at Clunes station, sending it straight to the tip. The contract for Clunes station was dated 25 September 1874 and the polychrome brickwork station building was completed […]

Photos from ten years ago: September 2011

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is September 2011. The changing railway scene This month I headed out east to the site of the new Lynbrook station. Located on the Cranbourne line between Dandenong and Merinda Park, it opened to passengers in April 2012. I also visited […]