Posts Tagged ‘engineering history’

Coming second: Victoria’s first wind farm

In the decade since 2001 wind farms have appeared around Victoria, driven by state government mandated renewable energy targets and subsidies. The young age of Victoria’s wind farms makes the state look like a laggard in the renewable energy states, especially when you discover Australia’s first wind farm opened at Esperance in Western Australia all the way back in March 1987. However, Victoria does have a link to that trailblazing wind farm at Salmon Beach, and it is found at the small coastal township of Breamlea: midway between Barwon Heads and Torquay, just south of Geelong.

Solo wind turbine at Breamlea, Victoria

Powering inner Melbourne: the forgotten Municipal Electricity Undertakings

Have you ever looked up at a power pole in Melbourne and seen one of these warning signs? They are quite easy to see on older electricity poles that carry high voltage power lines through the streets. So what do all those letters mean?

Warning sign on a Melbourne power pole - "DANGER: S.E.C. H.V"

Melbourne’s City Loop in Technicolor

Have you ever noticed the different colours of the next train displays at Melbourne’s City Loop railway stations? If you saw them but didn’t know why, prepare to find out.

TV screens and ticket barriers at the Swanston Street end of Melbourne Central

Big vs. small on the Snowy Mountains Scheme

Australia’s Snowy Mountains Scheme is an example of a civil engineering project on a massive scale – construction spanned 25 years from 1949 to 1974. As well as being big, there are also some smaller elements hiding in the shadows.

Tumut 3 hydroelectric power station

Secret Snowy Scheme Signage

As you might have worked out by now, I am a very observant person and it isn’t just limited to trains, if my experiences up in the Snowy Mountains are anything to go by. So what does rthis sign mean?

Secret signs on the Snowy Scheme