Old photos from July 2008

Another in my series of old photos from ten years ago

Let’s start with Melbourne Central. A few years earlier, the centre and station concourse had been re-developed to better integrate the shops with the station. And by integrate, I mean funnel the passengers through the shopping centre instead of directly out to Swanston Street.

What could possibly make it worse? Closing the entrance from Swanston Street for a movie premiere event (Mamma Mia). 5pm-7pm. Yes, during peak hour.

I have an email from the time that says after “some words with Melbourne Central from ourselves (PTUA) and a journalist” they altered their event so it only blocked Knox Place (which runs east-west from Swanston Street), not the pathway from the corner of Swanston and Latrobe. But honestly, the nerve.
Melbourne Central event to close main station entrance, July 2008

Gathering for a human sign to say “Climate emergency” in the Alexandra Gardens.
Human sign for climate change action, July 2008

Brighton Beach station, with haze over the bay. Note the equipment installed in the sidings; from memory this was for the “Concorde” project on the Comeng trains, to make the two types compatible again after their modification by different train companies earlier in the decade.
Brighton Beach Station, July 2008

I knew Doctor Who had become mainstream when ads started appearing for it on public telephones. This is opposite the GPO – the Angus and Robertson book shop behind the phones has since vanished.
Public telephone ads for Doctor Who, July 2008

New street furniture was installed around my local shopping centre in Centre Road in Bentleigh. Not sure why the green lighting. Maybe the council was expecting visiting aliens.
Bentleigh street furniture, July 2008

The street upgrade also included trees in the parking lane – in principle a good idea, but they managed to chop this bus zone in half. They also messed up the taxi rank near the station.
Bentleigh bus stop, July 2008

Also on Centre Road, the Smartbus sign for westbound buses, and the level crossing – since gone in the 2016 grade separation.
Bentleigh level crossing, July 2008

Over in Edgewater (Maribyrnong), they’d created a new bus route which didn’t even have any bus zones at its stops.
Edgewater (Maribyrnong) bus stop, July 2008

Rail works on the level crossing at Ripponlea.
Rail works at Ripponlea, July 2008

Old photos from June 2008

Here’s another in my series of old photos from ten years ago… this time, June 2008.

You might remember that Frank Woodley did TV ads for Metlink, to encourage bus usage. Here’s the cartoon version, on a bus stop.
Metlink Frank Woodley bus promotion, June 2008

Speaking of advertising, I quite liked this ad for the Get Smart movie (originally posted here). Come to think of it, I’ve still never seen the movie.
Get Smart movie advertising, June 2008

Hitachi train, sporting its Comeng-era seat covers
Hitachi train, June 2008

Gambling addiction is a serious problem, but this is still one of my favourite photos: The Machines Will Win. (See also: Part II)
You know in the end the machines will win (1/2)

(For those with short memories, that’s a Metcard machine; the predecessor to Myki, and just as disliked when it first got introduced.)

The signage at Bentleigh station, back when the train times worked.
Bentleigh Station Smartbus signage, June 2008

Punt Road – then, as now, sometimes the buses can’t reach the bus lane because of all the traffic. Hopefully the re-design of this intersection will fix that.
Punt Road, June 2008

The last few photos are from a visit to the Eureka skydeck in late June 2008…
Eureka Skydeck, June 2008

The view of the Westgate Bridge/Kingsway intersection. It conveys the vast amount of space used by motorway interchanges.
Westgate Freeway viewed from the Eureka Skydeck, June 2008

A more youthful looking me, back when I wore a tie, with Government House and The Shrine of Remembrance in the background
At the Eureka Skydeck, June 2008

The city skyline. Note despite the two lanes of traffic across Princes Bridge, the cars were still queuing.
Central Melbourne, viewed from the Eureka Skydeck, June 2008

Old photos from May 2008

Another in my series of old photos from ten years ago, this time from May 2008…

Petrol prices shot up this month. This would be about $2.06 in today’s dollars. More amazing is that just four years earlier, the RACV had predicted prices wouldn’t go above about $1.08.
Petrol prices, May 2008

ACMI has put on a lot of great exhibitions, but this one might have been my favourite: basically the history of video games.
Game On at ACMI, May 2008

A familiar sight: trams queued along Swanston Street
Trams queued up due to a protest, 16/5/2008

…and this is why: a protest by pensioners, including Family First’s Steve Fielding, who joined in taking off his shirt, mimicking a previous protest by cab drivers.
Pensioner protest, protest, 16/5/2008

Flinders Street station: Aftermath of a train surfing incident.
Train surfing incident, Flinders Street Station 18/5/2008

May 2008 was the month of my twenty year school reunion. Here in a terrible old mobile phone photo, a bunch of us nose around the school hall – which hadn’t changed a bit.
20 year reunion, Melbourne High School, 2/5/2008

Siemens trains were utterly filthy for years, so it’s easy to forget this wasn’t always the case. This one looks pretty clean.
Siemens train, May 2008

Old photos from April 2008

It’s the last day of April, so here’s my monthly post of photos from ten years ago.

Early April 2008 seems to have been busy. I had this opinion piece published on the ABC web site, in relation to the then-just published Eddington “East West Link Needs Assessment“:

An unhealthy dose of bitumen for Melbourne

(I’ll fess up: some of the writing style doesn’t look like mine, so I’m betting my PTUA colleagues contributed)

Anyway, the photos. Oh… this isn’t good. On 3rd of April, a tram shunting in Collins Street decided to go both ways at once. (I blogged about it at the time, and there are some better quality photos of it on Vicsig.)
Tram derailment, Collins Street 3/4/2008
Tram derailment, Collins Street 3/4/2008

Quirkly Degraves Street underpass/arcade shop Corky St Clair wasn’t very happy with Yarra Trams after works to build the Flinders Street tram superstop. (Nowadays they’re more concerned with the metro tunnel works impacting the arcade.)
Yarra Trams construction works, April 2008

Melbourne Museum put out a multiple choice quiz… in which all the options were wrong.
Train quiz, April 2008

Fancy some trendy cuisine? This is North Richmond, and I associate this photo with getting a lift in a friend’s car, with ABC Radio National playing, and hearing for the first time the excellent song “Grey in LA” by Loudon Wainwright III.
North Richmond cafe, April 2008

Taxi drivers protesting at Flinders and Swanston Streets — back when they were (rightly) concerned about personal safety, rather than Uber.
Taxi drivers protesting 30/4/2008

Old photos from March 2008

Another in my series of ten year old photos; here’s March 2008.

ACMI’s Game On exhibition had some great old games to play. Here’s son#1 Isaac playing Pong.
Playing Pong at ACMI, March 2008

…but it was the 80s-era arcade machines that I really enjoyed the most, re-living my teenage years. (I’m still tempted to buy an old machine.)
Playing video games at ACMI, March 2008

The old post office in Emirates House, off Collins Street. Queue out the door again. Sigh.
Long queue at the post office, March 2008

Speaking of a queue out the door, 4/3/2008 was not a good afternoon for then train operator Connex. This is at South Yarra. Note the bloke with a Harry Potter book.
South Yarra Station, 4/3/2008
South Yarra Station, 4/3/2008

The 401 shuttle from North Melbourne to Melbourne University was announced in October 2007, and started service in this month, in March 2008. It quickly became one of Melbourne’s busiest bus routes, with about a million boardings per year.
Melbourne University 401 shuttle bus, March 2008

North Melbourne station (as of 2018, to be renamed West Melbourne in the next year or so). You can see in the background that construction of the new concourse was just getting started.
North Melbourne Station, March 2008

The outbound bus stops outside QV have been very busy at peak times for many years. This is before current operator Transdev took over from Ventura/National Bus. Note the parking sign – outside peak times, some of the bus stops are re-purposed for private vehicle parking, even those right in front of the bus shelters — surely a slap in the face for waiting bus passengers. Not sure that’s ever been fixed.
QV bus stop, March 2008

How long until the train? Sometimes you just want to sit.
Waiting for the train, March 2008

I think I took this photo because it was at a station that is not in Zone 2, at least not only in Zone 2. From the cream paint, I think it might be the pre-level-crossing removal Ormond station, which is in the zone 1+2 overlap. No GPS record on the phone photos from back then.
This station is in Zone 2? March 2008

Launch of the first wind-powered tram, 28/3/2008. In the crowd I can see the then-CEO of Yarra Trams, Dennis Cliche, and several journos, as well as Gavin Jennings, then State Environment Minister. More recently it was announced that all of Melbourne’s trams will be powered by solar by the end of 2018.
Launch of wind-powered tram 28/3/2008
Launch of wind-powered tram 28/3/2008

Trains bank up at Richmond station, well before it got weather protection right along the platforms.
Richmond station, March 2008

Richmond station from above, snapped from a brother-in-law’s then flat. Nice view, especially if you’re a trainspotter. There were some evening shots as well, but they’re all blurry – the old Nokia 6230i didn’t do at all well in low light.
Richmond Station, 28/3/2008
Richmond Station, 28/3/2008