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Old photos from January 2005

Continuing my series of old photos from ten years ago... At the house in Carnegie, we had an old slide (which eventually got left there for whoever moved in after us) and a trampoline (which came with us, but in the end when we'd tired of it, got given to relatives who would use it more). Here I am mid-bounce, with my ancient Reg Mombassa Mambo for Greenpeace anti-car t-shirt. Back when I

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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

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Photos from last week

The hi fi box was a big hit with my niece (and nephew) Having obtained a government-provided "boarding pass" (they were handed out with some MXs -- I missed out but managed to get one via Kev, who saved it for me), I went searching for the airport rail link. Strangely enough it wasn't listed on the network status board. A while back I bought some shirts from that Charles Tyrwhitt mob who

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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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Some pics from the past week

Lego MCG at Myer toy department, Emporium If you try to steal this tram seat, it could get messy. Flowerpots. Many flowerpots. At Gazi, the modern Greek restaurant in the old Herald Sun building. Lots of these ads around the place at the moment. What is it? Some kind of big survey thing run by advertising company J C Decaux. If you're wondering, the Morse code says "Are you in".

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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

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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

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Photos from February 2004

For this month, I don't have very many great photos of interest, but here goes... We must have been on the way to Marita's house in Footscray. This is the Footscray Road intersection with Citylink, back when there was a level crossing underneath the tollway, where slow freight trains used to run in and out of the port. Cars, buses and trucks would only occasionally have to stop for the infreque