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Another installment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is January 2010.
Built it up
Construction work on the Laverton Rail Upgrade project on the Werribee line has been a recent theme – we see that work on the third platform was almost done.
Along with the new footbridge.
Another project was the construction of a new station on the Craigieburn line at Coolaroo.
Served by a similarly large footbridge.
Nothing ever changes on the Albury line
Another project of the period was the North East Rail Revitalisation Project, which was converting the deteriorating Seymour-Albury railway broad gauge track to standard gauge, providing two parallel tracks at a cost of $500 million.
While this work was underway, V/Line services had replaced by buses since 2008.
A new platform was also constructed on the standard gauge track at Broadmeadows.
And V/Line was also busy upgrading trains for the return of trains to Albury.
It was intended for V/Line trains to return in late 2010 but poor track quality delayed it until June 2011.
Unfortunately nothing has changed in the decade since – 2012 saw a promise to ‘fix’ the track, but reliability of V/Line services to Albury has stayed in the toilet , despite the addition of a third and even fourth train set to run the serivce.
May 2018 saw the launch of the $235 million North East Line Upgrade proejct – will this finally solve it?
But plenty of change towards Sunshine
Ten years ago the view along the line between the CBD and Sunshine was very different.
Freight sidings filled the area between North Melbourne and Moonee Ponds Creek.
South Kensington station used to have trees on the platform.
Suburban and V/Line trains needed to share four tracks to Footscray.
And two tracks through West Footscray.
There was plenty of grass beside Sunshine Road.
And a rickety timber footbridge across the tracks at Sunshine.
All are now gone, to make way for the new Regional Rail Link tracks that separated suburban and V/Line services from 2015.
Blink and you’ll miss it
January 2010 saw the first Southern Spirit rail cruise run through Melbourne, on a journey from Adelaide to Brisbane.
Barely squeezing into the platform at Southern Cross Station.
The last Southern Spirit rail cruise ran in May 2012, with the concept was relaunched in 2019 as the Great Southern.
Things that are gone
I swung past Essendon station.
Where traffic queued up at the Buckley Street level crossing – removed in 2018.
City Circle Trams used to be maroon.
Since 2012 they have been replaced by the W8 class tram rebuilds, with the final one withdrawn in 2018.
And buses in Geelong used to be green.
The Benders livery replaced the blue Geelong Transit System brand from the 1980s, but has since given way to Public Transport Victoria orange.
At Lara station I captured a 1950s-era A class locomotive hauling a V/Line train towards Geelong.
In 2013 they were withdrawn, only to be returned to service in 2014, then finally withdrawn in 2018.
Another V/Line antique was the compartment carriages used on a once daily return trip to Geelong.
The set remained in service until August 2010, when the delivery of additional VLocity trains enabled it to be retired.
And finally, I captured The Overland headed out of Geelong bound for Adelaide.
Government funding for the serivce expired in 2015 was was renewed for three years, followed by a one year renewal in 2018, which has yet to be renewed at the time that I write this.
And the start of a plague
In 2009 VicRoads commenced the trial of ‘High Productivity Freight Vehicles‘ at the Port of Melbourne.
These B-double trucks with quad axle trailers were up to 30 metres long and 77.5 tonnes in weight, transporting four TEU of containers compared to the three TEUs moved by standard B-doubles.
In the years since trucks have now taken over the streets of Melbourne’s inner west, while the Port Rail Shuttle project that was supposed to move containers onto rail has gone nowhere.
Here you can find the rest of my ‘photos from ten years ago‘ series.
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