Posts Tagged ‘then and now’

Another Tullamarine Freeway then and now

The Tullamarine Freeway is the main road link between Melbourne Airport and the rest of the city, with the first 7.2 kilometres (4.5 mile) stage opened to traffic in 1968 as the ‘Tullamarine Freeway By-pass Road’. Country Roads Board annual report 1968-69 Early years A bridge taking inbound traffic from the airport over outbound traffic […]

Express trains and Melbourne’s suburban sprawl

A common refrain from some public transport activists is the “Melbourne’s trains used to carry more passengers in the past – so why can’t management do the same today”. But there is an explanation for this – the introduction of express trains to carry peak hour commuters from far flung suburb sprawl to the Melbourne […]

Then and now at North Melbourne station

Today we take a step back to the 1920s and take a walk around North Melbourne railway station, comparing it to what exists today. At the north end of the platforms little has changed. VPRS 12800/P3, item ADV 1607 The only difference I can spot is the removal of the sheltered timber platform seats, replaced […]

And you thought St Kilda Junction looked bad?

St Kilda Junction is a horrible place to navigate on foot, with a tangle of concrete flyovers carrying speeding cars and trams over a network of dingy pedestrian subways. But believe it or not, it could have been even worse. That is something hard to believe while approaching by car. Or driving through the underpasses. […]

Remembering Ansett Australia

I was digging through my piles of junk the other night, when I came across a copy of Ansett Australia’s inflight magazine Panorama dating back to January 1999. So how did I end up with it? I only flew a handful of times when I was young, and never with Ansett – my main experience […]