Old photos from February 2007

Here’s my regular post of ten year old photos… quite a few this month, and mostly transport-related.

This is then-Opposition Leader, later Premier Ted Baillieu being interviewed by the media about widespread train disruptions at the time, caused by the Siemens train brakes problem reaching crisis point. I recall Age reporter Steve Moynihan (seen here facing away from Baillieu, but no doubt listening in) saying his mum was rapt he’d got several front page stories out of it.
Then Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu addresses media

Large numbers of Siemens trains had been taken out of service, and this combined with strong patronage growth at the time meant many of the remaining trains on the network were at crush load during peak hours. This was the scene at Glenhuntly one Monday morning.
Glenhuntly station - train crowding
Glenhuntly station - train crowding

Following the November 2006 election, the government had postponed the usual January fare rise until March, and in line with their election pledge (which was bipartisan), removed zone 3 as well (or to be precise, merged it with zone 2).
Of course, responding to dissatisfaction about crowding with a price cut for some users, which would logically result in more patronage, may not be the most logical action…
At this time, V/Line fares also dropped by 20%, alongside better timetables as the Regional Fast Rail project was completed. Cheaper fares and more trains resulted in V/Line patronage growth in the years following this.
Removal of zone 3 poster, February 2007

Not all Siemens train were out of service. Here one in the Connex livery approaches Huntingdale station.
Connex train approaching Huntingdale, February 2007

…and this one approaches the boom gates at Bentleigh station. This area all changed in 2016 with the level crossing removal.
Connex train approaching Bentleigh, February 2007

South Yarra station. What is the point of having fare gates if they always leave them unstaffed and open?
South Yarra station

Paramedics wait on the station at South Yarra. Note the open space next to the station – another skyscraper has since filled this space.
Paramedics at South Yarra station

Connex met their December target. I don’t think they were so lucky in January and February.
Connex performance results, December 2006

For some years the PTUA ran a stall at the annual Sustainable Living Festival at Federation Square. Often it could be stinking hot in the tents, and eventually we realised the considerable effort was not getting a huge return in new memberships.
PTUA stand at Sustainable Living Festival, February 2007

A Critical Mass bike event in Lonsdale Street. Do they still do these anymore? Unclear.
Critical Mass bike ride, Melbourne, February 2007

At ACMI playing old Commodore 64 games. This looks like Way Of The Exploding Fist.
Playing Commodore 64 games at ACMI, February 2007

…the picture has shown up (with permission) in various spots related to vintage video games.

Finding this photo means not only have I had this couch for ten years, that t-shirt (which I still have as well) is also a decade old.
My new couch, February 2007

An ABC crew came to visit one Saturday. The story was about Connex’s SMS alerts service being hacked. In the end, as I recall, they went to a lot of trouble to light my livingroom just so, and filmed me showing the hack text on my phone, then never used the footage.
About to be interviewed, February 2007

Old photos from January 2007

Continuing my series posting ten year old photos.

Brighton, near Middle Brighton station. Obviously this bus shelter had been re-used, from somewhere on Victoria Parade I’m guessing. It looks like the same bus shelter is still there, but the tram route numbers may have been removed.
Bus stop, January 2007

Recently, motorists failing to keep intersections clear has been bugging me, but from this photo, it’s clearly not a new problem.
Blocking the intersection, January 2007

On the trains, it was common for some services to be removed from the timetable for a few weeks after Christmas. However, in January 2007 the Siemens brake crisis was just ramping up — I think the following photos may have been a result of both of those — numerous trains were cancelled on some lines.

A reasonable request: Don’t shoot the messenger:
Train service reductions, January 2007

The result on-board. The second photo (initially posted by me) went on to be widely used by news media in the years that followed. Some of those people look pretty grumpy — hopefully at the situation rather than me trying to get it publicised and fixed.
Crowded train, January 2007
Crowded train, January 2007

I have no idea whose house this is, or why I took this photo. Possibly for inspiration for my own bathroom renovation (which I’ll get around to eventually, I promise). Maybe one of my friends (who I guess I don’t visit very often) can identify it!
Someone's bathroom, January 2007

Old photos from December 2006

Here’s another in my series of old photos from ten years ago: December 2006.

On the 9th, there was a lot of smoke over Melbourne from a large number of bushfires around the state. Here’s a view (not snapped by me, I should add — I was driving) of Melbourne CBD, taken from the Bolte Bridge.
View of CBD from Bolte Bridge, 9 December 2006

Richmond station, a day or two later:
Richmond station, December 2006

A lady reading her posse a story on the train one night. I can’t make out the title. Wombat something?
Reading a story on the train, December 2006

I don’t even know what this is. Found in the park one day.
In the park

Christmas Day. We got one of these novelty thingies… I don’t even know what to call it. I’d just done an impression of my nose on it. Someone seems to have been given a desk calendar of George Bushisms.
Christmas Day 2006 - nose impression

At the supermarket: King of the Coke!
King of the Coke, December 2006

Old photos from November 2006

Another in my series of photos from ten years ago. I found quite a few this month, and also found one from October 2006 which had been missed, and since added to that post.

The Bentleigh Festival. Obviously this spot looks quite different now with the level crossing gone. PT spotters will also notice the old-style bus stop sign.
Bentleigh Festival 2006

The Bentleigh Festival that year was timed to coincide with rail works on the line, meaning the level crossing in the middle of the precinct wasn’t an issue, except when a works vehicle needed to cross.
Rail works during the Bentleigh Festival, November 2006

A rail replacement bus service on Jasper Road. The “Camille” shop later featured in a Metlink advert.
Rail replacement bus durng the Bentleigh Festival, November 2006

Then Federal Labor MP Simon Crean snapped at the Bentleigh Festival outside then-local state MP Rob Hudson’s office. Simon’s father Frank Crean (1916-2008) was one of four PTUA patrons. It was state election season, so politicians were out and about this month.
Simon Crean at the Bentleigh Festival, November 2006

A bit out of focus. This would have been one of our last photos taken with analogue film, by youngest son Jeremy on school camp, probably on one of those disposable cameras we used to buy for such events. The traditional Puffing Billy photo.
Puffing Billy, November 2006

Ross House, home to the PTUA Office, displaying PTUA campaign materials in the window.
PTUA display at Ross House, November 2006

It wasn’t my idea, but putting a bloke in a Plucka Duck suit was an attempt to get some PTUA publicity in the run up to the state election. The sign says “Don’t duck better public transport”.
PTUA Duck at Flinders Street, November 2006

Tram on Swanston Street advertising the then-new XBox 360.
Swanston Street, Melbourne, November 2006

From a rally in Royal Park, organised by one of the local community groups. This bloke was guiding then Greens leader Bob Brown around Melbourne, to and from engagements, and also spoke. It is of course current (May 2015 onwards) Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale.
Richard Di Natale speaking at Royal Park in November 2006

Also speaking that day, in the brilliant way that he always did, was the late, great Paul Mees.
Paul Mees speaking at Royal Park in November 2006

Victorian State Election day, 25th November 2006.
2006 Victorian State Election

The rest of the photos are from our Sydney holiday that month:

Sydney Tram Museum.
Sydney Tram Museum, November 2006

The Sydney monorail, since decommissioned.
Sydney Monorail, November 2006

A younger looking me, at Milsons Point railway station.
Daniel in Sydney, November 2006

Sydney has just a few buses. This is new Circular Quay. I assume the opening of the George Street light rail in a couple of years will cut the number of buses coming into the CBD… they’re really going to need to fix fare integration before then.
Sydney, near Circular Quay, November 2006

Circular Quay railway station. At the time it seemed old-fashioned to have platform staff with flags, but Melbourne deployed platform staff in the following years at busy CBD stations.
Sydney, Circular Quay Station, November 2006

Perhaps my favourite shot of Sydney, at Taronga Zoo.
Sydney Taronga Zoo, November 2006

Sydney skyline, also from the Zoo.
Sydney November 2006

Circular Quay ferry terminal. Familiar looking fare gates – the same model was used with Metcard.
Sydney - Circular Quay, November 2006

Old photos from October 2006

Another in my series of photos from ten years ago.

Early October ’06 was our holiday to Hobart. I haven’t been back since, unfortunately, so I have no idea how much has changed and how much hasn’t.

I’m guessing Salamanca Market hasn’t changed too much.
Hobart: Salamanca Market, October 2006

Lock him up and throw away the key.
Daniel in Hobart Gaol, October 2006

Hobart’s General Post Office.
Hobart General Post Office, October 2006

Same location; it seemed to be one of the main bus stops in Hobart. They used the “Metro” name before Melbourne did.
Metro bus in Hobart, October 2006

Pedestrian crossing in Hobart. The notice on the pole doesn’t match the indicators on the traffic light.
Pedestrian crossing in Hobart, October 2006

Back in Melbourne — new services coming, hooray! None for your line, boo!
No extra services for you! Train notice, October 2006

Art in the Campbell Arcade beneath Flinders Street. I blogged about this at the time.
Chocolate Revolution, October 2006

Weekend trains on the busiest lines were half as frequent as they are now, resulting in packed services when the racing was on. (Note the hats).
Crowded Sunday train, October 2006

Sunshine station. This has changed a lot with the Regional Rail Link project; only the overhead road bridge still stands, and I think the signal box has been retained?
Sunshine station, October 2006

Meanwhile at Glenhuntly, there’s now more platform shelter, and the Hitachi trains have gone. Otherwise it’s not so different.
Glenhuntly station, October 2006

Even in 2006, the yellow and red National Bus Company livery was out of date…
NBC bus outside Flinders Street station, October 2006

…as can be seen by this more up-to-date bus on Punt Road. This intersection is set to change radically in the next few years with the “Continuous Flow” layout Vicroads is proposing — which unfortunately will move the southbound bus stop (not shown here) to a position further from the station.
Punt Road, October 2006

Harried commuters exit Parliament Station.
Outside Parliament station, October 2006

Swanston Street at Collins Street, when many of the trams still had canvas destination rolls, and before the superstops were built.
Swanston Street, October 2006

Edit: I missed this one when originally posted: eldest son participating in the Bentleigh shopping centre Halloween Trick Or Treat (at the time organised by then-local shop USA Foods). Those who’ve watched Futurama will recognise Dr Zoidberg.
Bentleigh Halloween Trick Or Treat day, October 2006