Photos from ten years ago: April 2012

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is April 2012.

Farewell to Metcard

Ten years ago the old Metcard magnetic stripe ticketing system was on the way out, replaced by new Myki smartcards.

Queue for the Myki ticket machine, none for the Metcard equivalent

The old ticket machines being removed from stations.

It's a three man job to move the Metcard machine

But ticket gates at stations weren’t fast enough to handle the new tickets.

Ticket barriers kept open on the north concourse at Parliament Station

And the requirement to ‘touch off’ after a train journey created massive queues at railway stations in evening peak.

The train has departed Newmarket station, but the queue remains

The government’s solution – a ‘Touch. Hold. Go’ re-education campaign.

'Touch. Hold. Go'

‘Don’t swipe’.

'Don't swipe'

‘Don’t wave’.

'Don't wave'

But the eventual solution was throwing more Myki readers at the problem, and replacing them with faster ones.

Rail scenes that are gone

I headed out to brand new station of South Morang, which a decade ago was the end of the line.

An X'Trapolis arriving into South Morang platform 1

An empty trackbed leading north towards the current terminus of Mernda.

Looking east from South Morang over the former alignment

At Greensborough the old manual safeworking system was still in use – station staff handing over a metal baton to the driver, indicating that it was safe to proceed into the single track section.

Comeng 302M on arrival at Greensborough on the up, the signaller collects the train staff from the driver

At Heidelberg there was still a single track towards Rosanna.

Exiting the Heidelberg Tunnel, an X'Trapolis crosses the Burgundy Street bridge

Bell station was still at ground level.

X'Trapolis 886M arrives into Bell station on a down South Morang service

The last few Hitachi trains were still in service.

Hitachi 275M and Siemens 705M stabled for the weekend at North Melbourne Sidings

The heritage listed timber gates at Ballarat station were yet to be destroyed by a runway train.

VLocity 3VL49 departs Ballarat on the down

And something a little different – a passenger train stopped at Lal Lal station, midway between Geelong and Ballarat.

The sun is out, the train about to depart Lal Lal

It was there to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the railway being completed.

Regional Rail Link

At Footscray demolition of shops along the Nicholson Street bridge was completed.

East side of the Nicholson Street bridge gone, a new stanchion erected

With work underway on the signals below.

Working on the signals for the regraded track beneath Albert Street

Ding ding on the trams

The tram tracks along Elizabeth Street were being relayed, requiring an array of excavators to break up the old concrete.

Separating out the lengths of old rail from the chunks of concrete

While the newly established Public Transport Victoria was doing what Victoria does best – removing the branding that came before them.

The 'PTV' sticker only covered the top half of the green section, the old logos are still showing

And something else familiar was the “When the Tram Stops, You Stop” campaign found on the back of trams – a half-arsed attempt at addressing the spate of motorists driving past stopped trams and hitting passengers.

Obsolete branding on B2.2046: Metlink is now PTV, while the PTSV is now TSV. Confused?

But a decade later such campaigns have made no differencetram passengers ending up in hospital after being hit by hit-run drivers – the only solution is physical separation.

Forgotten bus liveries

A decade ago the Public Transport Victoria livery was yet to be rolled out bus fleets, with Davis Bus Lines in Ballarat still having their brown livery.

Davis #162 5646AO and #182 8184AO detour around the Lydiard Street railway gates

Benders Busways in Geelong still had buses in green.

Benders #94 4359AO on a route 12 service at Geelong Station

And McHarry’s was still using the “Geelong Transit System” livery, rolled out way back in 1983 as the first attempt to unify public transport in Geelong.

McHarry's #127 1627AO in GTS livery on a route 61 service at Geelong Station

And some other bits

Another update from the Myer Lonsdale Street site – demolition was done, and tower cranes were being lifted into place.

'MYERS' sign in the background as a crane is erected

And a fad from a decade ago – ‘My Family’ stickers.

BBQ Dad and Shopaholic Mum plus the two kids

By 2014 the backlash was well underway, and now they’re just a memory.


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11 Responses to “Photos from ten years ago: April 2012”

  1. Jake says:

    Very interesting – although, one of those photos have featured one of the Comeng class leaders 301M-1001T-302M which was the oldest running sets before they were retired in August last year, transferred to North Shore before being already vandalised, then again to Bendigo for scrapping. Sad sight.

  2. Steve says:

    McHarrys still don’t use PTV livery.

    I also remember the similar Bendigo GoBus livery from the 80s.

  3. Pau Westcott says:

    CDC obviously aren’t as recalcitrant as McHarry’s!

    The original GTS contracts stipulated that bus companies had to use the GTS livery to be part of the system. With the renewal of contracts in about 2010, that requirement was removed and Benders was quick to revert to company livery. McHarry’s has a much bigger fleet and were slower to complete that change.

    It seems obvious that the current contracts don’t require PTV livery, but CDC has made a corporate decision to use it. In the early days of the PTV bus livery, I was told that a bus sporting PTV livery could only have advertising on the centre third of the side of the bus, and that tended to be the case at that time.

    If that restriction existed, it has either been dropped or is not being enforced, although McHarry’s buses are far more likely to have an all-over wrap than CDC ones. It has been a source of complaint from bus passengers.

  4. Paul O'Connor says:

    Marcus, great shots from yesteryear. Now slightly off topic, but I was in Frankston during the week and I photographed the Long Island steely as it rolled off the new viaduct over Dandenong Rd. I was somewhat surprised to see B80 providing backing power to G521! Good to see the old streamliners in regular traffic.

  5. Paul O'Connor says:

    Marcus, a couple of things. I noticed that when the Comeng trains are towed to Ballarat for scrapping, they weren’t between match wagons. The other thing is I would like to get my hands on some Comeng bits and pieces namely LED marker lights and switch panels from the cab. What happens to these parts when trains reach End of Service Life status?

    • Marcus Wong says:

      No need for a match wagon because they have transition couplers to join the Comeng train scharfenberg to the standard knuckle coupler.

      Transition coupler fitted between locomotive T386 and EDI Comeng 311M

      It’s actually Bendigo, McIntyre and Newport where the Comeng trains get scrapped.

      From what I’ve seen they really only strip a handful of useful components to reuse, the glass windows for recycling, then crush the bodyshell seats and all – you’d thinking selling off bits to gunzels would be a good moneyspinner, but it’s all just going through a shredder.

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