Photos from ten years ago: February 2012

February is a short month, and it’s caught me unaware while putting together my photos from ten years ago series – it’s already March and I’ve missed my February 2012 instalment, but here it is anyway.

Morning peak at the south concourse of Parliament station


The transition from Metcard to Myki as the ticket to travel on Melbourne public transport was well underway.

Metcard and Myki machines beside the closed ticket office window

But plenty of passengers were resisting the new system.

Bottleneck of passengers trying to enter the platforms from the Federation Square tram stop

But Metcard ticket machines were starting to be withdrawn.

Poster advising of the upcoming removal of Metcard machines at Footscray station

Bold red ‘Myki is coming’ stickers placed on the soon to be removed machines.

Red 'Myki is coming' sticker on a Metcard machine

But the new Myki system wasn’t fast enough to handle the number of passengers using it – resulting in long lines at stations during busy periods, a problem that became even worse as the decommissioned of Metcard continued.

Another morning queue at Flagstaff

Hitachi trains

The old non-air conditioned Hitachi trains were still running around Melbourne.

Passing under the soon to be demolished Nicholson Street overpass at Footscray, a Hitachi leads a down Sydenham service

I was at Flinders Street Station one evening with some spare time when a Hitachi train turned up.

Departing Flinders Street Station on a Hitachi bound for Southern Cross

So I jumped onboard.

Longitudinal seating around the doors of a Hitachi train

And went for a ride out to Williamstown.

Hitachi 292M on arrival at Williamstown station

And around the stations

Back in 2012 was was well underway to cram more shops into Southern Cross Station.

Work continues on the shops at the Collins Street end

Management calling it a ‘new retail experience’.

I assume 'claustrophobic' is their idea of a 'new retail experience'

But it was just more shops jammed whether they could, even if they blocked the path towards trains.

Can you see the ugly equipment boxes atop a new store on the concourse?

Meanwhile over at Flinders Street Station was a different kind of commercial promotion.

Lipton Iced Tea advertising at Flinders Street Station platform 2/3, promoting their sponsorship of a mist cooling system

A mist cooling system being installed on platforms 2/3 and 4/5 as part of a Lipton Iced Tea promotion.

Air compressor / pump that operates the mist cooling system at Flinders Street platforms 2/3 and 4/5

The system was removed soon after.

New tram stops

Outside Parliament station on Macarthur Street was a new ‘drive over’ platform tram stop.

National Bus #604 rego 7227AO passes through the new tram stop on Macarthur Street

While on Swanston Street work on the long awaited platform stops was about to start – lengths of brand new rail laid out at Flinders Lane.

Z3.189 passes new rail laid out on Swanston Street at Flinders Street

Over one weekend the tracks were lowered for the new tram stop.

Northbound Z3.192 waits for the traffic light at Collins and Swanston Streets, the platform stop works over the weekend having lowered the tracks

But the work was nowhere near completed – it took months for the tram stops themselves to be ready for use.

With work on the new platform stop paused, southbound Z3.225 passes Z3.193 on Swanston Street at Flinders Lane

Meanwhile on Plenty Road in Preston, new part time tram lanes had been installed.

Part time tram lane equipment on Plenty Road, Preston

LED signs being installed before 12 part time tram lanes between Dundas Street in Preston to Albert Road in Reservoir, directing motorists off the tram tracks during peak times, in an attempt to speed up route 86 services to Bundoora.

First LED warning sign - 'Tram lane ahead / Tram merge ahead'

But their effectiveness seems doubtful – each of the tram lanes ended before intersections, allowing right turning cars to still block trams.

And forgotten trams

Who remembers tram route 24?

A2.287 stops for passengers westbound at La Trobe and Swanston Streets

It was a peak-only service from North Balwyn to La Trobe Street via Kew, which was discontinued in July 2014 as part of a simplification of tram routes.

And a decade ago Z1 class trams were still in service.

Z1.88 heads towards Camberwell on a route 72 service on Malvern Road, near Glenferrie Road

First delivered in 1975, the bulk of the Z1 class fleet was withdrawn following the introduction of the low floor C and D class trams in 2001/02, but 15 remained in service until 24 April 2016, when the delivery of more E class trams allowed them to be withdrawn. The similar looking high floor Z3 class trams remain in service today.

Demolishing Myer Melbourne

Demolition of the former Myer Melbourne store on Lonsdale Street was kicking along.

Chipping away at the concrete floors

The building hollowed out.

Myer's Lonsdale Street store: almost gone

With just a façade left.

Reverse view of the Lonsdale Street facade

Haled up with a web of scaffolding.

Scaffolding holding up the Lonsdale Street facade

Cantilevered over the street below.

National Bus #952 heads west on route 907 along Lonsdale Street at Elizabeth Street

And 447 Collins Street falling apart

In January 2012 a chunk of 447 Collins Street fell to earth.

Closed entrance to 447 Collins Street, due to the possibility of more pieces of the facade falling

The area beneath the building was sealed off, and engineers were sent abseiling down to inspect the remaining facade panels.

Abseilers still inspecting the facade

Tap tap tap on each, to see if they were loose.

Tap tap tap: abseiler tapping the marble panels with a hammer to see if they are loose

Scaffolding was soon erected to prevent any more panels from falling.

Temporary scaffolding at 447 Collins Street, to hold the loose marble slabs in place

Permanent repairs were later completed, but it was for nothing – demolition of the building was given the go-ahead in 2014, with the 42 storey tall ‘Pantscraper’ (officially Collins Arch) now occupying the site.

And hard rubbish

The early 2010s was a peak time for CRT screen TVs in hard rubbish, but this month I found a different obsolete technology out on the nature strip – photo processing chemicals.

Goodbye film photography!

I only started taking photography seriously after I switched to digital, but for many photographers they still enjoy the process of film.


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9 Responses to “Photos from ten years ago: February 2012”

  1. Jake says:

    That comes to a time where the former Sydenham Line became the Sunbury Line where the electrification has taken place between Watergardens and Sunbury. Since then the line used to feature the West Footscray and Sunshine stations before the Regional Rail Link was constructed in 2014, even Ginifer and St Albans stations used to be positioned on level ground before they were both relocated underground around three years later. (Some things have changed overtime.)

  2. Jake says:

    Even though West Footscray and Sunshine Stations still exists, there has been major changes to the layout of the platforms.

  3. Steve says:

    Also in that photo of the myki and Metcard machines – Metcard’s predecessor, the ticket window!

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