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Seeing stars

For two nights last month I was in northern Victoria, at the in-laws’ farm, standing around in the dark with my camera and my friend Gary, learning from him how to photograph the night sky. It was bloody cold. But there’s little or no light pollution up there, and despite some cloud around, mostly the  ... [More]

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Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from May and June 2011

In my series of photos from ten years ago I missed May, so here’s a combined post for May and June 2011. Balaclava station, the 1981 pebblemix version (which followed a fire, if I recall correctly), before it was demolished and replaced in 2014. The old McKinnon station – with just one Myki reader at  ... [More]

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Photos from ten years ago transport

Old photos from April 2011

Another in my series of photos from ten years ago: April 2011. Platforms 15 and 16 under construction at Southern Cross. The station is owned and run by Civic Nexus under a PPP. The platforms were to be used by V/Line. But the project to build them was done by Metro. Confusing? Perhaps, but at  ... [More]

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Old photos from March 2011

Another in my series of photos from ten years ago: March 2011. A Hitachi train, still in service (they were finally phased out in 2014) passing the MCG. If you believe the headboard, it’s going to Altona, which seems… unlikely. Myki was just over a year old in Melbourne, and they were keen to encourage  ... [More]

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Old photos from February 2011

I’m a bit late posting this, but here’s one of my regular posts of old photos from ten years ago. Simpler times. Under the Clocks at Flinders Street. Back when Metro allowed advertising that directly criticised public transport and train travel. Queues to exit McKinnon station, despite the presence of an underpass, back before the  ... [More]

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Old photos from January 2011

Another of my monthly posts of ten year old photos. Melbourne Central Station – at the time, hybrid Myki/Metcard gates were still mostly in use. …but new Myki gates were starting to be tested. These would never quite live up to the promise of reliability and consistently fast response times, and only a few years  ... [More]

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Old photos from December 2010

Time to wrap up the year with a post of ten year old photos: December 2010. I couldn’t find very many of interest this time, so it’ll be quick. First, here is one of those posters to try and convince people to pay attention and not get caught out by the shortcomings of the public  ... [More]

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Old photos from November 2010

Here we go again – another post of photos from ten years ago. Siemens train carriages have never had enough handholds. …The photo below shows the layout from 2015 onwards: the removal of some seats near the doors and addition of more bars helped a bit, but along most of the carriage there’s still not  ... [More]

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Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from October 2010

It’s the end of the month, so here’s one of my regular posts of ten year old photos. First posted at the time, here’s what happens when a garbage truck breaks down. The big thing in transport in October 2010 was the launch of the new “DART” (Doncaster Area Rapid Transit, thankfully a name that  ... [More]

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Old photos from September 2010

Is it the end of the month already? Here’s another of my monthly posts of photos from ten years ago… and this time they’re pretty much all transport-related. As usual, click the photos to see them larger in Flickr. The top of Swanston Street – the Barak Building is yet to be constructed, and the  ... [More]