Photos from ten years ago – September 2003

By September 2003, I was using the digital camera a little more.

Yum yum yum — doughnuts at the Queen Victoria Market
Queen Victoria Market, 2003

One for the gunzels — trains in the yards outside Spencer Street Station (click here to see it bigger)
Trains outside Spencer Street, 2003

Here’s one showing the old Spencer Street building… I think those who complain about the new station have forgotten just how dumpy it was (though the subway was very handy).
Spencer Street Station, 2003

A better view of one of the platforms. You can see in the background they’re building the Collins Street bridge.
Spencer Street Station, 2003

Here’s a Siemens train at Murrumbeena, in its original colours. Not very appealing.
Siemens train showing original livery, 2003

Those who catch Eastern Freeway buses might remember how crowded the old Swanston Street stop used to get at peak times.
Lonsdale Street main bus stop at Swanston Street, 2003

Later in the evening, the central entrance to Flinders Street Station — often left unstaffed.
Flinders Street, centre entrance, 2003

Me in the garden in the rented house in Carnegie, trying to keep the lawn under control.
Mowing the garden in Carnegie, 2003

Down in Cheltenham, Southland Station, without its station then… and that still hasn’t changed.
Southland - no station, 2003

Ten years ago: Pics from August 2003

Another in my collection of photos from ten years ago…

Murrumbeena, in the days of M>Train. I quite liked the logo and slogan (“Moving Melbourne”) — less sure about the colours, and of course the splitting of the network into different operators was silly.
Murrumbeena station, August 2003

2003 was probably the best fall of snow at Mount Donna Buang that I’ve ever seen.
Mount Donna Buang, 2003

A 360 degree (and a bit more) pan from the snow… click to see it bigger.
Mount Donna Buang, 2003

Yep, this is probably a tram. (That building in the background on the left is the Melbourne Sports Depot… which is now a big EB Games. See, the geeks have taken over from the jocks.)
"Probably a tram" (2003)

On the 26/8/2003, my first TV appearance on behalf of the PTUA. I was nervous as hell.
Daniel's first PTUA media, August 2003

Photos from July 2003

Continuing my monthly series of photos from ten years ago…

By mid-2003 it was almost four years since privatisation of trains and trams, but as you can see from this photo in Swanston Street (at Lonsdale Street), many trams still had The Met liveries. This tram stop (with interchange to many Lonsdale Street buses) has since been deleted.
Swanston Street, July 2003

The skyline looking southwest across the CBD. I assume just across the river it’s the Eureka Tower that’s under construction.
City skyline, July 2003

A Melway display at the Melbourne Museum, spoilt slightly by the fire hydrant sign.
Daniel at the Melbourne Museum, July 2003

Melbourne CBD street signs, also at the Melbourne Museum.
Melbourne Museum, July 2003

After our trip to the museum, we caught the train home. I think a Wiggles Concert had been running, and the train was packed — not helped by the common practice at the time of running short trains on weekends. Since then, we’ve got long trains all week, and doubled services on the three busiest lines.
Crowded train, July 2003

I moved house from Glen Huntly to Carnegie this month. As part of a clearout, I disposed of this old computer. (This clip was originally posted at the time on Google Video — a service which has since been retired.)

Moving day: I hired Gronows for the job. It appears they’re still in business, so 104 years and counting.

Pics from June 2003

Continuing my series of posts of 10-year-old photos

The Railway Museum at North Williamstown is closed currently, due to safety issues. As a kid I’d visited many times, and I was able to take my kids there too.

Railway Museum, June 2003

Selfie with the kids, from the top of Heavy Harry.
Isaac, Jeremy, Daniel, June 2003

Near the museum, parked in a siding was an M>Train Comeng train. This carriage was looking a little the worse for wear — it had been involved in the Broadmeadows runaway train incident in February 2003.
Near North Williamstown station, June 2003

The other end of the train looked a little healthier. I didn’t mind those colours, and the slogan was quite good.
M>Train, June 2003

Another bit of M>Train for the gunzels: Rail substitute bus stop sign, circa 2003.
M>Train bus stop sign, June 2003

From later in the month… Evidently it was a cold winter that year.
Daniel is cold, June 2003

Some more photos from May 2003

Once upon a time, green bags weren’t actually green:
When green bags weren't green (May 2003)

Signage in High Street… not a great job done there with the relative placement of the No Left Turn and Tram Stop signs:
High Street, Prahran (May 2003)

The then-new multi-storey carpark at Elsternwick station:
Elsternwick railway station carpark (May 2003)

Who says you can’t take home bulky goods on public transport, if you have your friends to help? One weekend I observed this:
Taking home a washing machine on the train (May 2003)
Taking home a washing machine on the train (May 2003)

A little Sunday afternoon fire-fighting (and lighting) on the farm

There’s always something happening on the farm, and I suspect it’s the nature of these family-run farms that those that manage it need to be willing to take on a wide variety of tasks.

On Sunday it was burning-off, and for a while, I was on fire-fighting duty. Not to stop the fire, but to make sure it didn’t jump the fire breaks.

The tool for lighting up the fire is the amusingly-branded Fire Bug fire control torch.
The amusingly-named Firebug fire lighter (055)

As the fire was lit up, we moved along the fire break with a truck with a water pump (an upgrade from what we used last time I helped on a burn-off), putting out spot fires if they spread into the break. There was a slight breeze, which fanned the flames.
Burning-off at the farm (024)

In between squirting water as appropriate, I managed to slightly drench myself, but my jeans soon dried.
Burning-off at the farm (025)

Jack had come along for the ride, and had no problems in keeping out of the way of the flames.
Jack - Burning-off at the farm (030)

Gradually the target area went from dry grass and shrub to black, and the smoke drifted away.

Burning-off at the farm (043)

Burning-off at the farm (036)

Once we’d finished, birds moved in to see what good might have been made available by the disruption. (Yum — BBQ!)
Birds circle looking for food after burning-off (058)