Posts Tagged ‘Connex Melbourne’

Photos from ten years ago: December 2009

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is December 2009. We start overlooking Southern Cross Station, where the Docklands skyline was a lot emptier. As was that of Spencer Street. And the western edge of the CBD. Back in 2009 the explosion of (flammable!) apartment blocks was yet […]

Ten years since Connex left Melbourne

Remember when Connex ran suburban trains in Melbourne? November 30 marks ten years since they left Melbourne, and Metro Trains Melbourne took over the operation of the suburban rail network. The fall For years the state government had been underinvesting in rail infrastructure, leading to debacles such as the 2008 Oaks Day failure: Connex did […]

Photos from ten years ago: November 2009

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is November 2009. New infrastructure Work on the new platform at Laverton was well underway, with tracks laid but not connected. At Footscray station the new footbridge was starting to look real. But the rickety old timber bridge was still in […]

Photos from ten years ago: August 2009

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is August 2009.

Cleared area beside platform 4

The ‘flyer train’ fad of the mid-2000s

Last week I wrote about the history of third track proposal between Box Hill and Ringwood – and now to look at a transport fad of the 2000s: ‘flyer trains’. Rail patronage was still in the doldrums during the early-2000s, so transport planners floated the idea of off-peak express trains between the Melbourne CBD and […]