Ten years ago: Arise Lord Vader

Here’s another in my series of ten year old photos.

Arise Lord Vader — episode 3 got a lot of promotion. Or, as I joked at the time: Connex was aligned with the Dark Side.
Arise Lord Vader - Flinders Street station, May 2005

The Dungeon: platform 13 at Flinders Street. The screens have been replaced with a flat model, and an escalator was installed to the concourse, but I’m not sure it’s changed that much otherwise.
Platform 13, Flinders Street Station, May 2005

M and I must have been out on a dog walk and found this sign. Edgewater (then under construction, now a thriving infill suburb) is in that abyss somewhere.
Edgewater, May 2005

Also on the dog walk. Evidently the residents of Rippon Street were very proud of their second prize from 16 years earlier. Google Streetview shows the sign was still there in March 2014.
Near Vic Uni Footscray Park, May 2005

It was ten years ago this month that we had the funeral for Tram Stop 7 (on Collins Street and Russell Street) — since merged with the Exhibition Street stop in favour of a mid-block tram stop. I think it was the first time the “one stop per block in the CBD” rule started to be diminished — these days it’s near-impossible to know where the closest stop is to Street X. It got plenty of media interest. Naturally to this day you see trams stop there for the traffic lights, but unable to pick up or drop off passengers. (More pictures)
Funeral for a tram stop, May 2005

My desk back then. Old computer (bought earlier that month), old fat screen, old bulky printer. Copy of Train Simulator on the desk. Blue Linksys router in the background — WiFi antennae up, I don’t even recall if I used WiFi for anything back then.
My desk, May 2005

Photos and video from April 2005

OK, here we go with another set of photos (and video this time) from ten years ago.

In a blog post back in April 2005, I posted this photo of Brighton Beach station:
Brighton Beach station, April 2005

Here it is in the present day: notice the fence along platform 1 for the purposes of securing the sidings, where trains are now kept when not in use. If you look closely, you’ll also see an additional exit on platform 3. And the small shelter (designed for wheelchair passengers) that was under construction in 2005 is now there, as well as a PSO pod (aka “Baillieu Box”).
Brighton Beach station, April 2015

Clarendon Street, South Melbourne, after a somewhat half-baked “Think Tram” solution was put in to include hook turns, departure-side tram stops (but with inadequate markers and barriers, so motorists ended up parking in them). However the hook turn automated signage has appeared at numerous other intersections, in the CBD.
Clarendon Street, South Melbourne, April 2005

Nearby Kingsway. I must have been snapping the petrol price, but note the mass of cranes in the background — perhaps Crown was being expanded at the time, or perhaps it was north of the river?
Kingsway, April 2005

The Nylex sign being renovated (see this blog post from the time). That didn’t go so well — the clock was switched back on in mid-2005, broke down in 2006, and then switched off when Nylex went bust in 2007. It was restarted for a day or two earlier this year.
Nylex sign renovation, April 2005

A tram in the old battleship grey colour scheme passes Flinders Street station.
Tram passes Flinders Street station, April 2005

The same day I snapped that, I also took some photos of the 7 News ticker above Young And Jacksons. The insertion of “7” between each headline made for some amusement.

Southern Cross, I mean Spencer Street station under construction. Also note to the left, the empty site now taken by The Age building.
Southern Cross station under construction, April 2005

Another snap, looking north up Spencer Street towards Bourke Street, shows some of the size of the project:
Southern Cross station under construction, April 2005

The two photos above are from a panorama that I posted back at the time. Use the scroll bar to move across:

(Another view, from the Collins/Spencer Street corner, was included in pics from December 2004, and a view from the Docklands side from November 2004)

Finally, something for the gunzels — a couple of bits of video of trains of the time, one approaching Spencer Street, the other on Richmond station. Note the old colour schemes (it had been about 12 months since Connex took over from M<Train), especially how dull the old Siemens livery was before it went to the Connex scheme:

Photos from March 2005

In my continuing quest to post ten year old photos, I went looking for good stuff from March 2005. There isn’t much of interest, alas.

It was the month that the new revamped rebooted Doctor Who started — on 26th March 2005 — and I did find this photo of Jeremy — not watching from behind the sofa per se, but close to it.
Doctor Who - watching from behind the sofa... almost

Oh, here’s an (official?) tenth anniversary video:

Small eggs — I think this was on a walk with Marita’s dog at Altona Beach. Any idea what type of bird laid these?
Small eggs near the beach

Finally, I have no idea why I did this, or why I filmed it: shaking up a bottle of Coke in the laundry, and seeing what happened. Perhaps I thought it was past its best by date and needed to be dumped, and decided to experiment with it? I honestly don’t remember.

That’s all I’ve got for this month. April’s looking much more interesting.

Old photos from February 2005

Some more in my series of photos from ten years ago. I seem to have very few of interest from February 2005.

Woo hoo! iPod Shuffle!
Bourke Street, February 2005

Little Collins Street, looking east. I’m not actually sure why I snapped this (actually I’ve got three similar photos), but note the car that’s got itself stuck between the pedestrians and the tram in “battleship grey”. Other than the tram colours which have changed a couple of times since, the scenery hasn’t changed that much, though the distinctive Council House 2 is now on the left hand side of the street further up.
Little Collins St, February 2005

That’s all for this month… more next time I hope!

Old photos from January 2005

Continuing my series of old photos from ten years ago

At the house in Carnegie, we had an old slide (which eventually got left there for whoever moved in after us) and a trampoline (which came with us, but in the end when we’d tired of it, got given to relatives who would use it more). Here I am mid-bounce, with my ancient Reg Mombassa Mambo for Greenpeace anti-car t-shirt.
Bouncing on the trampoline

Back when I did the all dishes by hand. Nowadays most of these would go in the dish washer. I love having a dish washer. The dish rack lasted me about ten years, but rust started to get to it, so it got replaced last year by a slightly smaller one that fits better in the space I have.

The train home from Warragul arrives. We’d gone down there for just a quick joy ride.
Warragul station

Asleep on the train home from Warragul. Well, probably pretending to sleep, getting one of the kids to snap the photo.
Asleep on the train home from Warragul

The Town Hall (Collins Street at Swanston Street) tram superstop opened in 2001. By 2003 route 109 had been extended to Box Hill. But by January 2005, the signs at the premier stop along the route still said Mont Albert. I think from memory I did send this photo around and eventually it got fixed. This type of thing eventually helped inspire the PTUA’s Problem Of The Day series in 2012-2013, highlighting mostly smallish public transport problems via photos.
Incorrect signage, Town Hall tram stop