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Photos from December 2004

The Trugo mural in Yarraville. I added this photo to the Wikipedia article on Trugo, which is a sport believed to have been invented by railway workers in the 1920s. this image from Google Streetview, by 2009 the mural had deteriorated a bit. When I went past recently, they seemed to have patched it up, which is good. I thought I had a snap of it, but I can't find it. From time to time in the

Photos from ten years ago

Photos from November 2004

Continuing my series of old photos from ten years ago... Southern Cross Station under construction. The bridge with yellow on the right is the Collins Street extension, so this must have been snapped from close to where Etihad Stadium is. Note the "Park and Ride" sign, a misguided attempt to get people to drive most of the way into the city, then catch a tram to work. This might become prevalen

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Old photos from October 2004

I don't seem to have many photos from October 2004 for my post of photos from ten years ago... it must have been a dry month. A slightly out-of-focus photo of the street sign in ACDC Lane, snapped a couple of weeks after it was renamed on October 1st 2004. It's in the news this week because Cherry Bar, located in the lane, has started receiving noise complaints from people who have just moved i

Photos from ten years ago, Toxic Custard newsletter

Old photos from September 2004

Another in my series of posts of ten year old photos: some snaps from September 2004... I don't seem to have many of interest this month, but oh well. Collins Street and Elizabeth Street, a snap not used in this blog post. Trams were turning around here for a special event up ahead for Olympians returning from the 2004 Games in Athens. In some ways it hasn't changed much, but there's a big tram

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Photos from August 2004

Continuing my series of ten year old photos... This month there's a few domestic pics thrown into the mix. This is the view out onto St Kilda Road from the National Gallery of Victoria, one rainy afternoon. Quite arty, isn't it. The photo I mean, not just the gallery. The pedestrian bridge over the Yarra, back when there weren't gazillions of padlocks on the wires. Looks like the Eureka To

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Some photos from July 2004

Another in my series of old photos from ten years ago... In 2004 the situation with crowded trains hadn't really hit as a big political problem, which is why it took until 2006 for the government to decide not to scrap all the Hitachi trains after all, but expand the fleet. It was certainly occurring at that point however, and I snapped this photo one morning at Richmond. I was particularly ple

Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from June 2004

Yep, it's June, so time again for another batch of my old photos from ten years ago. It seems that for some reason I didn't take very many photos in June 2004. A Hitachi train pulls out of Richmond station. Note the markings of the then five-years defunct PTC on the shelter glass. Other than that, it hasn't changed much. Up until that point, red (emergency) and green (next train) button

Photos from ten years ago

Photos from May 2004

Another in my series of photos from ten years ago. The Nylex sign worked for years, inspiring Paul Kelly's song Leaps And Bounds. I caught it at 11 degrees (and in the month of May, too), as in the lyrics of that song. In 2005-06 they tried to get it working with an upgrade, but seem to have given up now. I took the kids down to Port Melbourne one day to see the Rainbow Warrior (the second

Photos from ten years ago

Some of my photos from April 2004 – You won’t BELIEVE how similar everything was #clickbait

Continuing my series of posting ten-year-old photos, I was struck by the fact that many of the photos from April 2004 show some things have changed very little. Traffic in Collins Street, creeping into the tram lanes. Just recently more visible dividers have been added... I suspect they help, but don't completely prevent cars on the tracks. Spirit of Tasmania, seen from South Melbourne Bea

Photos from ten years ago

Photos from March 2004

Continuing my series of ten year old photos... The serene setting of Caulfield South Primary School, where my kids went. Like many schools of that era, the original main building is lovely, and conceals the portable classrooms out the back. The old Elizabeth Street tram stop on Collins Street, westbound. It's not hard to see why they've rebuilt these stops into platform stops, for safety a