Photos from ten years ago: November 2011

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


Work on Regional Rail Link was kicking off at Middle Footscray.

Siemens train approaches Middle Footscray, passing the remains of houses compulsorily acquired for the RRL project

Excavators having rolled in.

VLocity passes an excavator and a pile of rubble

To demolish the compulsorily acquired houses along Buckley Street.

A backyard gazebo left behind, at least until Monday

Work on the extension of suburban trains to South Morang was almost complete, with track laid up to the future terminus.

Up end of the platform at South Morang, under the Civic Drive overpass

As was duplication of the single track section between Keon Park and Epping.

Heading along the single track, an up X'Trapolis arrives at Keon Park

The Metcard ticketing system was still hanging on, but new LCD next train displays were being rolled out.

Metcard barriers at Flagstaff Station, with the new LCD next train displays behind

Southern Cross Station was in the middle of a revamp – adding more shops.

A bit more work done at the Collins Street concourse

While South Yarra station still had it’s little kiosk sticking out into the concourse opposite the ticket gates.

South Yarra station kiosk sticking out into the concourse opposite the ticket gates

Things that go bump

On 26 November 2011 a V/Line train bound for Albury derailed at West Footscray.

Detraining passengers through the conductor's van with a single ladder

The train split between two tracks.

N470 and carriage set SN1 derailed on the standard gauge at West Footscray, split between the main and local tracks

The incident investigation report finding:

Shortly after its exit from the Bunbury Street tunnel the locomotive encountered a track defect at a location beneath the Nicholson Street road overbridge in Footscray that caused the derailment of one wheelset.

The train continued for about 1200 metres with the locomotive in this partially-derailed state until it encountered a turnout, resulting in the complete derailment of the locomotive and the first passenger car, and the derailment of the leading bogie of the second passenger car.

There were no injuries to passengers or V/Line personnel; however the track sustained significant damage.


Back in May 2011 work started on platform stops along Swanston Street – months later, the stop outside Melbourne Central was still incomplete.

New tram stop *still* under construction on Swanston Street outside Melbourne Central

Yarra Trams marking November with fuzzy Movember moustaches on the front of their trams.

Movember mo' on the front of B2.2083

They’ve missed a few Movembers in the years that have followed, and switched to a simpler stick on decal.

And some other bits

A $300 million expansion of Highpoint Shopping Centre was underway, with tower cranes at work on the 30,000 sqm extension, taking the centre to a total of 156,000 sqm.

Construction work at Highpoint viewed from Ascot Vale to the east

Mobil petrol stations on the way out, having been taken over by 7-Eleven.

One of the last Mobil petrol stations?

Down at the west end of the Melbourne CBD things were much emptier.

Melbourne Assessment Prison and the CBD skyline

Emporium Melbourne was just a big hole between Little Bourke and Lonsdale Streets.

Overview of the site from Curtin House

A day of planespotting

I made a trip out to Melbourne Airport to photograph the procession of planes.

Virgin Blue 737-700 VH-VBY

Finding Virgin Blue’s only ‘blue’ plane.

Pushing back Virgin Australia 737-700 VH-VBY

Air New Zealand 747 – since retired.

Air New Zealand 747-400 ZK-NBT about to take off

United Airlines 747 – also retired.

Two big jets - United Airlines 747 and Singapore Airlines A380

V Australia 777 – subsumed into Virgin Australia.

V Australia 777-300 VH-VPF

Skytraders A319 – famous for another reason.

Skytraders A319 VH-VHD

Tiger Airways A320 – merged into Virgin Australia and since retired as a brand.

Tiger Airways Australia A320 VH-VNK

Singapore Airlines A380 – on hiatus thanks to Covid.

Singapore Airlines A380 9V-SKD gets pushed back from the terminal

And a Strategic Airlines A330 – liquidated in 2012.

Strategic takeoff from Melbourne Airport runway 09

And a trip to Adelaide

I ended November 2011 with a trip to Adelaide.

Descending into Adelaide over seemingly endless suburbs

Where I rode some trams.

Citadis 202 at the Mosley Square terminus, Glenelg

Their ‘Jumbo’ railcars.

Passing Jumbo 2104 in the hills between Hallett Cove and Lonsdale

And the diesel version of Melbourne’s Comeng railcars.

Afternoon peak, a few commuters depart Comeng 3137 at Marino Rocks station


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

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