Photos from ten years ago: August 2011

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is August 2011.

Trains

This month ten years ago I went for a trip around the Melbourne suburbs in a restored Diesel Electric Rail Motor operated by DERMPAV

Driver of RM58 changing ends at Ringwood station, ready to head for Lilydale after a run to Belgrave

We headed out to Upfield, Alamein and Belgrave, with a lunch stop at the VRI bar on the platform at Lilydale station.

Inside the VRI rooms at Lilydale

Lilydale station is currently being rebuilt as part of the Level Crossing Removal Project, but the heritage station building is being retained.

In August 2011 electrification of the railway between Watergardens and Sunbury had started.

Stanchions in place between Calder Park Driver and Sydenham, but no wires strung

Along with the upgrade of Diggers Rest station.

Work on the massive platform verandas at the down end of Diggers Rest

Allowing the first electric train to Sunbury running in November 2012.

The South Morang Rail Extension Project was also underway, extending the railway 3.5 kilometres from Epping to South Morang.

Looking down the line from Pindari Avenue towards South Morang

Along with duplicating 5 kilometres of existing single track railway between Keon Park and Epping.

New pedestrian crossing at the down end of Lalor station, new track waiting to be tied in

Opened in April 2021.

Planes

I paid a visit to the viewing area at Melbourne Airport, and Qantas was still flying 747s.

Qantas 747-438ER VH-OEF

Virgin Australia was still called Virgin Blue, with red painted planes.

Virgin Blue 737-800 VH-VOT

Except for the one 737 that was actually painted blue.

Virgin Blue's 50th jet painted in a one-off blue livery: 737-700 VH-VBY

Virgin Blue is now Virgin Australia, with the Coronavirus pandemic seeing them go into voluntary administration, while Qantas retired their 747 fleet.

And on the water

I also headed down the bay to see the Queenscliff-Sorrento ferry.

The car ferry passes fishermen packing up

I’d found out that the older ferry Peninsula Princess had been brought back into service.

'Peninsula Princess' departs Queenscliff

So I wanted to go for a ride.

'Peninsula Princess' arrives at Sorrento

Along the way I found the Port Phillip Sea Pilots headed out the heads.

Port Phillip Sea Pilots heads out from Queenscliff to guide another ship through The Rip

And a cargo ship following them out.

Cargo ship departs Port Phillip via The Rip

New roads

Big money was being spent on extending the Geelong Ring Road west from Waurn Ponds.

Almost ready to drive on: Geelong Ring Road stage 4A crosses the Waurn Ponds Creek

The new freeway passing the cement works.

Work on the new Anglesea Road interchange at Waurn Ponds

To meet the two lane Princes Highway towards Winchelsea.

Preparation underway for the duplication of the Princes Highway between Waurn Ponds and Winchelsea

Opening to motorists in February 2013.

The flood prone Breakwater Bridge over the Barwon River was also being replaced.

Southbound road traffic passes under the bridge

A new high level bridge being built over both the river and the railway at a cost of $63 million.

Piers well underway on the section of bridge between the Barwon River and the railway

Requiring the demolition of nine houses.

Cleared houses at the intersection of Breakwater Road and Fellmongers Road

The new bridge opening to traffic in May 2012.

And scenes that are gone

Down at Frankston I found the abandoned Peninsula Centre.

Boarded up entrance to the Peninsula Centre

It’s since been redeveloped into an apartment complex.

And the Ambassador Hotel – home of Melbourne’s cheapest apartment.

Frankston's Ambassador Hotel for sale

It was eventually demolished.

Over in Hawthorn I found the Motel California

Hawthorn's Motel California in 2011

Since demolished, and about to become apartments.

The Ford casting plant down at Geelong

Main gate to the Ford Casting Plant in Geelong

Demolished following the end of local production by Ford Australia.

And this dirt track off Barwon Heads Road at Connewarre, south of Geelong.

Looking south from the corner of Charlemont Road and Barwon Heads Road

Now part of the massive Warralily Estate at Armstrong Creek.

Entrance to Warralily Estate at the corner of Charlemont Road and Barwon Heads Road

Footnote

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

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