Old photos from September 2006

Another in my series of ten year old photos… September 2006.

Most of my photos this month were snapped with my phone camera of the time, the Nokia 6230i. Not bad for 2006, but a bit grainy by today’s standards.

Richmond station, before we got the all-over platform cover. Other than that in some ways it hasn’t changed a great deal.
Richmond station, September 2006

A sighting of the Myki truck, at Birrarung Marr near the Tennis Centre. The smartcard project had been running for a couple of years, but this was when they unveiled the name “Myki”.
Myki truck, September 2006

Here are a couple of grabs from Channel 9 (7/9/2006), with then Transport Minister Peter Batchelor launching Myki. It was said to be planned for operation in 2007 (this actually occurred in 2009), with full implementation in 2008 (actually 2013).
Myki launch September 2006 (Channel 9)

And who’s this youthful looking bloke rambling on about the importance of staff alongside automated tickets? He looks a bit like me, but with less grey hair.
Commenting for PTUA at the Myki launch, September 2006

The Manchester Unity Building, with Burke and Wills looking on. This view has barely changed.
Manchester Unity Building, September 2006

Before there were tram platform superstops across the CBD, there were just “safety” zones. This is Flinders Street, eastbound at Elizabeth Street.
Flinders Street at Elizabeth Street tram stop, September 2006

Nearby, the Flinders Street Station centre entrance. Unstaffed and one gate left open, as was common in those days (and is still common at suburban stations).
Flinders Street Station, Centre entrance, September 2006

An old (even then) 404 bus timetable in Footscray, in one of those ancient “The Met” timetable cases. I’d assume this was from the 1980s. Note the bus was every 20 minutes on Saturday mornings back then. Now it’s every 40 minutes.
404 Bus timetable, Footscray, September 2006

Old photos from August 2006

Another in my series of photos from ten years ago.

This rather cool Warholesque tram design was marking 100 years of Melbourne’s electric trams. Well, 100 continuous years. (The Box Hill electric tram ran from 1889 to 1896. The Victorian Railways St Kilda trams ran from 1906. Read all about it here.)
Siemens Warholesque tram design celebrating 100 years of Melbourne's electric trams (August 2006)

Siemens train paralleling an X’Trapolis train.
Parallel trains (August 2006)

Bourke Street at King Street, back when there were tram stops. (Now the trams still usually stop there, due to the unfavourable traffic lights). The distinctive Southern Cross Station steps can be seen in the background, as can the old tram stop, now replaced by the totally unsuitable platform stop. The second tram seems to be shunting, heading back east.
Bourke and King Street tram stops, before they were removed (August 2006)

For my own interest mostly… my lounge room ten years ago. The TV has changed. The poster is gone (it fell off the wall one day). The horrible brown speakers, hi-fi receiver and DVD player are all gone and replaced. The VCR and the old XBox is gone (though we keep both in the cupboard as I still have tapes and old games that occasionally get played). The couch and chair have gone. The light fitting (the only repro one in the house) was replaced by a combined light and ceiling fan. The photos on the mantelpiece have multiplied. That old scrappy blue rug, which I’ve been intending to replace since I moved in, is still there.
My lounge room (August 2006)

And nearby, the computer desks. All the computery bits have since been replaced, and the chairs as well. Alas, the clutter, if anything, has increased.
My desks at home (August 2006)

Queen Street bus stop timetable. In 2010 route 301 was replaced by “Doncaster Area Rapid Transit” Smartbus routes, which improved service frequency, especially outside peak times — the 302 and 305 still exist, though have also had extra services added, particularly on Saturdays.
Queen Street bus timetable, before Smartbus took over (August 2006)

The official Neighbours Ramsay Street tour bus, catering for visiting fans of the TV show. Looks like this is still in operation.
Neighbours tour bus (August 2006)

Old photos from July 2006

It’s the last day of July, so here’s my monthly post of pictures from ten years ago, from July 2006.

Cooking a stew on my ancient stove, with my cast iron pot. Delicious, as I recall. I really should do this more often.
Cooking a stew, July 2006

All the other photos below were snapped with my then brand new mobile phone, the Nokia 6230i, which was the first phone I had that had a half-decent camera, though by today’s standards it was low resolution and many of the photos look pretty grainy.

This was a trial of small Metcard ticket machines at tram stops, selling only a Daily Full Fare Zone 1 Metcard.
Metcard vending machine, July 2006

Train crowding was really biting in mid-2006. These pictures are from Glenhuntly.
Glenhuntly Station, July 2006
Glenhuntly Station, July 2006

A Hitachi train rolls into Richmond. There’d been talk of taking them all out of service straight after the Commonwealth Games in March, but crowding meant they were kept on; in fact the government infamously bought some back from a farmer.
Richmond Station, July 2006

I noticed that despite the tough talk on fare evasion, most of the time, the Degraves Street underpass entrance to Flinders Street was unstaffed. I started snapping photos as I passed by. Eventually this became a PTUA press release and a Herald Sun story. Looking back now: CRT screens, old gates, MX newspaper dispenser, puddle in the subway.
Flinders Street station (Degraves St underpass) July 2006
Flinders Street station (Degraves St underpass) July 2006

Here’s a bit of history: the Metlink branding had been introduced in 2004, but as late as 2006, the central shopfront was still called The Met Shop. The sign on the door refers to the (by then defunct, I think) VicTrip web site. In the background you can see a BATBYGOBSTOPL poster – this was a jokey campaign promoting paying your fare before you travel, but they had a point – the acronym has stuck in my mind: Buying A Ticket Before You Get On Board Saves Time Or Problems Later.
The Met Shop at Melbourne Town Hall, July 2006

Schoolbags lined up in one of the shelter sheds at the kids’ school.
School bags

Corner of Elizabeth and Collins Streets. I have no idea why I took this photo.
Collins and Elizabeth Streets, July 2006

Old photos from June 2006

The month is almost over – here are photos from June 2006, continuing my series of posting ten year old photos.

Glenhuntly station, which looks much the same today except for additional shelter and PIDs (Passenger Information Displays). Following the works in 2016 to remove level crossings further south, many would be hoping the crossing here (and Neerim Road very close by) are done soon, but it looks like that will only happen after Labor funds all fifty in its 2014-2022 plan.
Glenhuntly station, June 2006

This illogical parking sign from Elsternwick was the subject of a blog post. Why restrict it to four hours parking during a four hour period on Saturday morning? I can’t find the photo right now, but even sillier was the nearby restriction of five hours between 8am-12noon. I think the last time I looked, these had been fixed.
Illogical parking sign, Elsternwick, June 2006

Pulling apart a VHS tape (and putting it back together). I’m sure there was a terribly good reason for this, though it escapes me for now. I still have a lot of VHS tapes; I’m gradually chucking them out, but somewhere on one of them is a mildly embarrassing recording of my sister on TV, so I’m checking each tape before I dispose of it to try and find it.
VHS video tape

Route 404 bus stop. I probably snapped this for the PTUA 404 page.
Bus 404 stop, June 2006

Collins/William Street corner. Looks about the same, but much busier given all the development at the west end of the CBD. The trams are all in different colours, of course, and LED displays replaced the old canvas destination rolls.
Collins/William Streets, June 2006

Bourke/William Street corner looking north. On the left is now the gigantic CGU building and Goldsborough Lane arcade.
Bourke/William Streets, June 2006

Swanston Street looking north towards Bourke Street. I think I took this because I became fascinated with all the companies using lime green in their colour schemes. Note the Crazy John’s mobile phone shop on the corner — founder John Ilhan had passed away a few years before; Vodafone now owns the brand.
Swanston Street, June 2006

Manchester Lane. Not so different from today.
Manchester Lane, June 2006

The contrast from the 1990s to the 2000s was more striking — in 1993 we chose the spot for a grimy creepy laneway for a student film:
Manchester Lane, 1993 (student film)

Old photos from May 2006

Another in my series of photos from ten years ago.

The Nicholas Building in Swanston Street. Glorious, and fortunately (unlike some of its neighbours) not to be demolished for the metro rail tunnel.
Nicholas Building, Melbourne

The T&G building on Collins Street. Apparently T&G stood for Temperance And General, an insurance company that amalgamated with National Mutual in 1983. I seem to recall a similar (but smaller) T&G building in Hobart; presumably they are all over Australia.
T&G building, Collins Street, Melbourne (May 2006)

Flinders Lane, with Ross House (home to the PTUA and numerous other community organisations) in the foreground. These are also safe from the rail tunnel.
Flinders Lane, Ross House in the foreground (May 2006)

Richmond station. A Connex train passes; with one of the new (introduced for the Commonwealth Games) plastic rubbish bins in the foreground.
Connex train and plastic rubbish bin at Richmond Station (May 2006)

South Yarra station. I must have been trying to highlight the different bins in use. Since replaced (at every station) with plastic wheely bins.
South Yarra station (May 2006)

Also at South Yarra, the almost unfettered view to my old stomping ground, Melbourne High School. The whole area is now heavily developed, with skyscrapers surrounding the station.
Melbourne High School, seen from South Yarra Station (May 2006)

Here’s how the area looks as of 2014 (pic from Google Streetview). I don’t mind that, though I’m less pleased that behind the school is a glass metal monolith, spoiling the vista (below).
Yarra Street, South Yarra (from Google Streetview)
Melbourne High School (January 2015)

Flat Stanley at Flinders Street Station. This was for a friend in the USA. For more of Flat Stanley’s visit to Melbourne, check this post.
Flat Stanley outside Flinders Street Station, Melbourne