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.

Main station building on the up platform

Located on the Cranbourne line between Dandenong and Merinda Park, it opened to passengers in April 2012.

I also visited the future site of Williams Landing station.

Comeng passing the former runway at RAAF Williams Laverton Base

Back then part of the runway for the former RAAF base was still in place, but housing development was slowly encroaching on it.

Looking down the remains of runway 17

Williams Landing station opened in April 2013, while the only sign of the former airfield is the heritage listed aircraft hangars next door.

I also took a look at Middle Footscray before the Regional Rail Link project bulldozed it’s way through the suburb.

EDI Comeng arrives into Middle Footscray: the houses behind have all been acquired for the RRL project

The entire north side of Buckley Street was once full of houses.

Buckley Street triangle viewed from the railway footbridge, the entire block between the road and railway will be bulldozed.

But it was acquired to make room for the extra tracks.

Looking down Buckley Street, the entire left hand side will be bulldozed

Once the railway was was complete, the remaining land was sold off, including a section of land that was once a park. Townhouses are currently being built on the site.

Changes were also afoot at Southern Cross Station.

Can you find the V/Line ticket office at Southern Cross?

The food court on the mezzanine floor had been boarded up.

Southern Cross food court on the mezzanine floor: only two stores left after former operator Delaware North bailed

And the hoardings advised of ‘Exciting New Retailers’.

How many V/Line commuters can you squeeze between 'Exciting New Retailers'?

As the previously open spaces were replaced by more shops.

My visit to Melbourne Central station wasn’t prompted by pending works, but the scene a decade ago was a little different.

X'Trapolis train at Melbourne Central platform 4

The CRT next train displays were still in place – coloured by line.

Swanston Street entrance to Melbourne Central station

As was the ramp between La Trobe Street and the upper level of the underground station concourse.

Ramp from ground level on La Trobe Street, leading to the upper level of the underground concourse at Melbourne Central station

The CRT screens were eventually replaced by LCD screens in November 2011, while the ramp to La Trobe Street was demolished in 2016 to make way for the Aurora Melbourne Central development.

Ding ding on the trams

September 2011 saw the abolition of ‘secret’ tram route numbers – replaced by the ‘A’ and ‘D’ suffixes for altered routes and depot bound trams.

Z3.212 heads north at William and Little Collins Street on a route 55D service to Essendon Depot

I also found a broken down D2 class tram at Ascot Vale

Mechanics in a scissor lift trunk tie down the pantograph of D2.5002

The pantograph was damaged, disabling the tram, so mechanics had to cut it off.

The pantograph was still too high to clear the bridges, so time to cut it off

Shunt the tram with their heavy recover truck.

Still pushing the tram along from behind

Couple up the tram to a working classmate.

Drawbar connected between trams D2.5002 and D2.5017

Then tow it back to the depot, the combined tram stretching 60 metres.

D2.5017 ready to tow her failed classmate home

Something different at Docklands

On 25 September 2011 Searoad Ferries an open day at Waterfront City in Melbourne’s Docklands to show off the newly refurbished Queenscliff-Sorrento car ferry ‘MV Queenscliff’.

Morning morning, and MV Queenscliff still berthed at Waterfront City, after the open day on Sunday

They also brought Thomas the Tank Engine along for the ride, on loan from the Bellarine Railway.

'Klondyke' dressed up as Thomas the Tank Engine at the Searoad Ferries open day

While I was in the area, I wandered around heritage listed Shed 20-21 at Victoria Dock.

Abandoned cargo she

Constructed in 1926 as a single 396.2 metre long (1300 foot) and 24.5 metre wide (80 foot) cargo shed, it was once a busy wharf, but now lies in the shadows of the Bolte Bridge.

Empty wharves at Victoria Dock

But was now abandoned and neglected, covered in graffiti.

Abandonment and Anarchist Authority

In December 2012 part of the shed roof collapsed, leading to it’s demolition. Ron Barassi Senior Park now occupies the site.

A hole in the Melbourne CBD

A big hole was being created in the middle of Melbourne.

Hole in the ground at Myer Melbourne

Next door to the Myer store on Bourke Street.

Gutted buildings at Myer Melbourne

Excavators demolishing the former Lonsdale Street store to make room for the ‘Emporium’ shopping centre.

Gutted buildings at Myer Melbourne

The complex opened in 2014.

Rubbish in the streets

A decade ago the changeover to digital TV in Australia was well underway, so during hard rubbish season old-fashioned CRT screen TVs lined the streets.

Spotted: CRT televisions number 4 and 5

Analog TV in Melbourne held on a little longer, the last transmitter being switched off in December 2013.

Something else that should’ve gone out in hard rubbish was the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

B65 in Auscision Models livery crosses Moonee Ponds Creek at South Dynon

Opened in December 2008, two years behind schedule, it closed again 40 days later due to cracks in the wheel. It was decided to tear down the wheel and start over.

Looking over the Melbourne Steel Terminal, the ferris wheel is being rebuilt

The rebuilt wheel reopened in December 2013, providing the finest views of Melbourne’s rail freight terminals, until it’s closure was announced in September 2021, effective immediately.

And everyday things the pandemic took away

Who remembers going to work in an office, and sitting out in the sun for lunch?

Officer workers get some lunchtime sun outside 140 William Street

Going to live music gigs?

Architecture in Helsinki: Forum Theatre, Melbourne, 10 September 2011

And big theatre crowds?

Architecture in Helsinki: Forum Theatre, Melbourne, 10 September 2011

Thanks to the pandemic we haven’t seen any of that for 18 months, but hopefully things will start getting back to normal soon – so go get vaccinated!


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2 Responses to “Photos from ten years ago: September 2011”

  1. Isobel says:

    “The CRT screens were eventually replaced by LCD screens in November 2021” predicting the future here Marcus!

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