A typical Canberra bus shelter. They look funny to this Melburnian’s eyes, but you can’t deny they’d provide actual shelter from the weather, unlike the glorified advertising billboards we often get here.
This was snapped out of the plane window as we left Canberra. Makes you realise how low-rise it is (or at least, was).
The Black Mountain/Telstra Tower. Shame we didn’t get a chance to go up there.
Centre Place, Melbourne. I think I snapped this with an eye to a new banner for my old web site. Unfortunately I don’t think I have any pics from the then-unremarkable northern end, where street art has since taken over.
New Who, as the Doctor Who revival from 2005 has become known, had started a few months earlier, and these chalk artists had obviously got into the spirit, following up on their earlier classic Doctor art. More of their pavement art is on their web site.
City skyline. In some ways not changed a lot I suspect.
This month almost everything (bar some family snaps) was transport-related. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
The south end of Elizabeth Street. Hasn’t changed much apart from, as with the rest of the city, being busier with pedestrians, and that particular tram stop has gone. And the trams are no longer in the livery some dubbed “battleship grey”.
Further up Elizabeth Street, outside the GPO. Tram platform stops here make this location look somewhat different today.
And finally, a Werribee line train (in those yeuchy Siemens pre-Connex colours) awaits departure from Flinders Street. This photo ended up being the subject of some Photoshopping to put Rowville and Doncaster and other proposed destinations in the display, for PTUA campaigns.
Arise Lord Vader — episode 3 got a lot of promotion. Or, as I joked at the time: Connex was aligned with the Dark Side.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
In a blog post back in April 2005, I posted this photo of Brighton Beach station:
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”).
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.
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?
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: