Old photos from May 2009

It’s the end of May, so it’s time for a batch of photos from ten years ago.

I quite liked this ad for iiNet in Flinders Street Station:

iiNet advertising, Flinders Street Station
iiNet advertising, May 2009

I was snapping photos for Tony’s web site “Our Fading Past” (currently offline, but the Google Map is up), highlighting old signs around Melbourne. This classic is in Ripponlea on the side of a heritage-listed pharmacy.

Old Kodak advertising on side of chemist in Ripponlea, May 2009

On the 70s-era Z-class trams, you can still find these things. Originally these trams had front-door boarding, so you could have your ticket checked by a conductor. The rear doors were used to alight, and these little screens would light up to indicate you could press the button to open the doors. I think these days most of them are wired up to the Next Stop buttons.

Z-class tram, Open Doors indicator, May 2009

Also arriving on trams: new Myki readers. Myki became active on Melbourne trains at the end of 2009, and on trams in mid-2010, with the touch-off requirement removed to make it work with the slow readers.

Then new Myki reader on a tram, May 2009

Excitement! New screens arrive at Richmond! Evidently some teething problems initially.

New screens at Richmond station, May 2009

At this time, there were still plenty of CRTs around the network. These were at Parliament station.

Parliament station, May 2009

A visit to the Dandenongs…

In the Dandenongs, May 2009

…wouldn’t be complete without a photo of one of greater Melbourne’s worst bus stops for accessibility.

Bus stop in the Dandenongs, May 2009

A foggy morning at Glenhuntly station

Glenhuntly station, May 2009

…and here’s a view at the other end of the day from Richmond. Note the lack of platform cover, and the Hitachi train.

Richmond station, May 2009

Old photos from April 2009

Another in my series of old ten year old photos.

This turned out to be a bit of a bumper crop – a few months before I’d got the Nokia N95 phone, my first with a decent camera, so perhaps no surprise the number of photos was increasing.

Melbourne’s first wind-powered tram had launched in 2008. Note the “Gone With The Wind” reference, and the pre-platform “safety zone” Elizabeth Street (at Bourke Street) tram stop.

Elizabeth Street tram, April 2009

Bentleigh – directional signage for bus drivers. This one for rail replacement buses inbound into the City.

Connex bus sign, April 2009

A trip down to Geelong one Saturday…

Geelong station, April 2009

…to visit the special Myki Shop in Ryrie Street, so I could try it for the first time.

Myki shop in Geelong, April 2009

I got to try out a Myki card, which you can read about here. I also came home with these amusing Myki wristbands, I guess to get The Kids on-side with the concept. Note the “scan on, scan off” messaging which later became “touch on, touch off” when they realised just how slow the first generation readers are.

Myki wrist bands, April 2009

Spotted in Footscray: a special bus stop for Regional Fast Rail project rail replacement coaches. RFR had finished about five years earlier.

V/Line bus stop sign at Footscray, April 2009

An excursion to the in-laws farm. Like many farm practices, burning off a field was a bit of an eye-opener for this city boy.

Burning off at the farm, April 2009

Federation Square. Note the pre-renovation mustard colour of Flinders Street Station.

Federation Square, April 2009

Flinders Street from another angle, showing the red Tourist Shuttle (not a shuttle) bus that was funded by the inner-city parking levy. When the bus was free, it could be quite crowded, but was virtually unused once they introduced a $5 fare.

Tourist shuttle bus, Flinders Street, April 2009

The Parkiteer cage at Brighton Beach Station was getting plenty of use, as was the fence outside. Prior to 2015, a lot of people from further out would use zone boundary stations like Brighton Beach to avoid paying a Zone 1+2 fare which was about 55% higher than just Zone 1.

Parkiteer bike cage, Brighton Beach, April 2009

The old Bentleigh station in the autumn fog.

Bentleigh station, April 2009

Also at Bentleigh station, where walkway crowding was becoming an issue, authorities made an effort to discourage bike parking.

Bentleigh station - don't park your bike here

Connex introduced its trial layout Comeng train, with a mini-launch for stakeholders one lunchtime. It had fewer seats; similar to later changes made across the fleet by Metro in 2015-16.

2009 Connex demonstration train layout
2009 Connex demonstration train layout

I got Connex’s Lanie Harris to introduce the new layout.

The students are revolting! I don’t recall how big this protest was.

2009 fare protest poster

One of the contenders for the prize of most confusing bus route was the 627. It has since been split into two separate routes, and is much easier to understand. This was one of few recommendations of the 2010 bus reviews that actually got implemented.

The old route 627 - confusing

Finally, this moron in Bourke Street.

Moron in Bourke Street

Old photos from March 2009

Here’s another one of my regular posts of ten year old photos.

That month I upgraded to a Nokia N95 phone, which took far better photos than its predecessor, the Nokia 6230i.

Swanston Street opposite the City Square – the old pre-platform tram stops. I’d actually been trying to take a photo of my London Oyster card with the trams in the background. The camera consistently failed to get the Oyster card in focus, but the crowds packing onto the trams are probably more interesting to look at now. (Remember, this was before the Free Tram Zone was instituted.)

Swanston Street tram stop, 2009

At the time I regularly used Glenhuntly Station some days, after dropping the kids at school. Here’s the outbound platform one morning…

Glenhuntly station, March 2009

…and the level crossing in the afternoon.

Glenhuntly station level crossing, 2009

Easter was approaching. In Centre Road we see a rather cruel way to treat the Easter bunny.

Centre Road, Bentleigh, March 2009

Supermarket trolley as art? As in the photo above, the level crossing (now gone) is in the background. It also appears at the time that Telstra didn’t take great care to keep their payphones clean. This is also adjacent to the old electorate office of then state member for Bentleigh, Rob Hudson.

Shopping trolley art? Centre Road, Bentleigh, March 2009

A trip to the Yarra Trams control centre, then in Eastern Road, South Melbourne. I’m not sure these days that they’d let me take a photo.

Yarra Trams control room, March 2009

Footscray station, before 2009-2010 pedestrian bridge upgrade, and before the Regional Rail Link added two extra tracks (and resulted in the upgraded bridge being partly demolished so it could be extended). These photos were taken for an April Fools Day gag.

Footscray station, March 2009
Footscray station, March 2009

I must have been up early this morning. Hot air balloons over the City.

Balloons over Melbourne, March 2009

I went to the Grand Prix. I have little interest in Formula 1 cars – I went to see The Who perform after the race. Here we have trams to the GP departing from outside Southern Cross Station.

Grand Prix trams, March 2009

I wandered around the GP circuit waiting for the concert to start. I’d have to admit the cars are impressive from an ear-splittingly-loud and very fast perspective.

Melbourne Grand Prix, March 2009

The Who was excellent.

While the tram shuttles back into the City were very good, those heading outwards were less impressive (this is St Kilda Junction), and the rest of the network was running its standard poor Sunday night frequencies, so I had to wait ages for a train home. The next day I got this point into Hansard.

Melbourne trams after the Grand Prix, March 2009

Old photos from February 2009

Another in my series of photos from ten years ago.

Black Saturday, 7th February 2009. There were dire warnings earlier in the week about the fire risk, though I’m not sure everyone believed them.

It was a stinking hot day. The car thermometer at one stage measured 47.5 degrees – here it is showing 47.

Car thermometer 7/2/2009

That night we had dinner with friends at their house in Chirnside Park. This photo is timestamped 6:56pm: We could see smoke rising in the distance – but at the time, had little idea of what was happening. (My blog post at the time noted some truly remarkable and horrific photos on the Boston Globe’s web site.)

Smoke from Black Saturday fires, seen from outer-eastern Melbourne 7/2/2009

The previous week: first day of school.

First day of school 2/2/2009

On 3rd February 2009 I spoke to a rally outside state Parliament House – I seem to recall it was mostly about water issues, but managed to tie in transport – train operator Connex’s parent company Veolia, which was involved in one of the short-listed consortia bidding to build and run the desalination plant. (They didn’t win it.)

Protest rally at Parliament 3/2/2009
Daniel at protest rally at Parliament 3/2/2009
Photo: Rob Meredith

This photo shows a morning of severe train delays. As the signs show, the train was an hour late reaching South Yarra.

Running late

The view on Centre Road at Bentleigh – with the level crossing.

Bentleigh level crossing 16/2/2009

Speaking to channel 7 on platform 3 at the old Bentleigh station.

Channel 7 news, Bentleigh station 2/2/2009

Flinders Street Station with its then mustardy paint job.

Flinders Street Station 21/2/2009

Getting some work done while waiting for the train. Super grainy photo from phone camera.

Waiting for the 6:40

Amazing amounts of litter on the tracks at Glenhuntly. I’m sure it’s not normally this messy nowadays.

Litter on the tracks at Glenhuntly 13/2/2009

Ad for the American version of Life On Mars at Richmond station. (I loved the UK version, can’t say I’ve watched this one.)

Richmond Station: ads for Life On Mars (US) 24/2/2009

I took this photo because the “Mind the gap” signage was new. This was at Footscray.

Mind the gap

Every February there’s a big publicity campaign for the Grand Prix in March. In 2009, the after-race concert included The Who – which I ended up attending. Also note the Punt Road traffic in the background, with two nortbound 246 buses in a row.

Grand Prix / The Who banners at Swan St/Punt Rd, 27/2/2009

February 2009 was also the month I got this new USB drive.

By the way, load shedding was in the news the other week. I see from my old blog posts that it happened back in February 2009 as well. So anybody who claims it didn’t used to happen back when there was little green energy is completely wrong.

Old photos from January 2009

Social media has been swept with the #10YearChallenge – people posting photos from ten years ago. I’ve been doing this for a while now, though this tends to be of spots around Melbourne, rather than personal photos.

I suspect the challenge for some is even finding the photos.

Anyway, here’s January 2009…

Flinders Street Station tower, snapped from across the road at Victoria University, which was the venue for Lego Brickvention that year.

Tower of Flinders Street Station, January 2009

Back then, Brickvention was not the huge massive crowded event it is these days. (More pics and video)

Lego city at Brickvention 2009

View of Melbourne from the deck of the replica Enterprize sailing ship, from a short sail we did from Williamstown.

Melbourne from a sailing ship

On the way home from the Enterprize, at Newport station. Even back then it was busy on a Sunday afternoon.

Train at Newport, January 2009

Remember when there were milk crate men everywhere? This is near South Kensington. My little camera couldn’t handle the speed of a photo from a moving train.

Milk crate man, near South Kensington, January 2009

Chess in Swanston Street.

Chess in Swanston Street, January 2009

Trams (and not much else) in Docklands.

Trams in Docklands, January 2009

Remember the Hitachi trains? Here’s one arriving at Richmond.

Hitachi train at Richmond, January 2009

…and inside. I assume it was a warm day, as all the windows are open. This only did so much, of course… on a very hot day, hot air blowing through the carriage helped a bit, but wasn’t actually all that pleasant. These days the entire train fleet is air-conditioned, but the tram fleet isn’t there yet.

Hitachi train, January 2009

At Southbank, looking southwest at the Sandridge rail bridge. I can’t see the sculptures, but presumably they are there in the background, as apparently they have been present since 2006.

Sandridge Bridge looking towards Southbank, January 2009

A Connex-liveried Siemens train arrives at Malvern

Connex Siemens train approaches Malvern station, January 2009

One of the benefits of public transport is you can use the time to play with your phone. Back in 2009, the phone companies seemed to think this involved – wait for it – making telephone calls.

Advertising for Telstra, Malvern station, January 2009