Toxic Custard newsletter, transport

Southern Cross renamed back to Spencer Street

I wrote years ago that it was stupid to throw away 145 years of brand recognition when they renamed Spencer Street station to Southern Cross. Good news - it turns out they've just named it back! This is a great idea. The name "Southern Cross" is meaningless. "Spencer Street" is meaningful, it tells you where the station is located. Perhaps they've been planning this for a while.

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Subway into SoCross: could it be re-opened?

I had been going to write a blog post asking people what this thing is, on Little Collins Street. If one looks closely, it has City of Melbourne markings. The City of Melbourne and the Herald Sun have highlighted it overnight: it's an old entrance to the subway underneath Spencer Street, into the nearby station. At the old Spencer Street station, the main way on and off the platforms was

Photos from ten years ago

Photos from ten years ago – September 2003

By September 2003, I was using the digital camera a little more. Yum yum yum -- doughnuts at the Queen Victoria Market One for the gunzels -- trains in the yards outside Spencer Street Station (click here to see it bigger) Here's one showing the old Spencer Street building... I think those who complain about the new station have forgotten just how dumpy it was (though the subway was v

Melbourne, Photos, transport

Impressive

It may be costing $700 million, and it may be causing untold confusion and inconvenience while it's being built, and the new name might be silly... but damn, that rolly roof is impressive. Click here to see it bigger (and unencumbered by the blog navigation) (Yeah, there's a slight glitch in the picture where a taxi was moving.) Mind you, I'm still wondering why they put the roof on f