Photos from ten years ago: May 2012

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

Transmission lines beside the Maribyrnong River at Footscray

Around the grounds

Melbourne’s CBD skyline was much shorter, with the top end of Elizabeth Street yet to be overrun by apartment towers.

East end of the Melbourne CBD

And the West Gate Freeway was actually tree lined.

Looking citybound towards the West Gate Bridge at Williamstown Road

The unsolicited West Gate ‘Tunnel’ project just a twinkle in the eyes of Transurban management.

West Gate Freeway and transmission lines

Meanwhile the former airfield of RAAF Williams was being subdivided.

Brand new suburban streets awaiting the first residents

Streets being carved out of mud at what is now Williams Landing.

Empty streets and empty blocks

Remember Melbourne Bike Share?

Melbourne Bike Share station down on Collins Street in Docklands

After years of lacklustre usage, it was finally killed in 2019.

We also once had the Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle bus.

Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle #59 1059AO on La Trobe Street

Rendered pointless by the Free Tram Zone, it was terminated in 2017.

Ding ding

During May 2012 work on the new platform stops along Swanston Street was still dragging on.

Z1.36 passes the slow moving platform stop work at Swanston and Collins Streets

I also photographed the then-common maroon liveried W class trams on the City Circle.

City Circle W6.981 passes SW5.846 on La Trobe Street, Docklands

Since replaced by the rebuilt W8 class trams.

And finally, the sadly missed Colonial Tramcar Restaurant.

SW6.939 as Colonial Tramcar Restaurant #3 heads west on Bourke Street at William

They last ran in 2018, after their trams were withdrawn from service for not meeting updated safety standards.

And finally – trains

You could still buy a Metcard ticket to catch a train back in May 2012, but ‘Myki Mates’ were on hand to help passengers switch over to the new ticketing system.

Myki Mates helping commuters top up at Flinders Street Station

They were also showing passengers the “correct” way to touch on.

Myki Mates at Flinders Street Station showing the correct way to touch on

Meanwhile down at Sunshine I found a decrepit timber station well in need of an upgrade – which it finally received in 2014.

Station building at Sunshine platform 1

But over at Williams Landing, their brand new station was taking shape.

Looking north-west from Palmers Road over the station site

Cranes lifting steelwork into place over the tracks.

View of the island platform and bridges from the west

While V/Line trains to Geelong passed by.

Up Geelong train made up of two 3-car VLocities approaches the under construction Williams Landing station

Williams Landing station opened a year later in 2013, with V/Line trains still using the route until the opening of Regional Rail Link in 2015.

Finally, I spent a quiet Saturday cruising around Melbourne with some mates onboard a 1920s diesel railcar – travelling along some little used goods lines on our way to Sandringham and Flemington Racecourse.

Changing ends again, this time at Flemington Racecourse

And photographed a NSW Rail Transport Museum special train arriving into Southern Cross – marking the 50th anniversary of the inaugural Southern Aurora sleeping train to run between Sydney and Melbourne.

'Southern Aurora' neon sign at the rear

Footnote

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

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