I was looking through some old photos, and found these from November 1996.
I’ve scanned them from the negatives.
As you can see, they provide some good advice…
(Click on either photo to view it larger in Flickr)
Things to note here:
- “Don’t be a jerk” is a work by Barbara Kruger, originally from 1984
- Some of the well-known CBD skyscrapers are visible in the background, but more were to come over the following 22 years!
- This is snapped from Flinders Street Station looking east across Swanston Street. The old Gas And Fuel building is being demolished to make way for Federation Square
- In the first photo you can also just see the entrance to the old Princes Bridge station (look for The Met logo), which was also mostly demolished – apart from platform 14. Back then it also had platforms 15 and 16, used by terminating trains from Clifton Hill.
- Z-class tram in The Met colours – this was before privatisation. Note the “Do not enter” signage on the rear door; these trams ran with seated conductors near the front, and later as driver-only. This particular tram, number 150, came into service in 1980, and is still in service, making it 38 years old.
- No tram superstop. Just a “Safety zone”
- I’m not sure what time of day this was. It looks pretty dark and rainy for November, but that’s what the scribbled note on the photo says!
3 replies on “Don’t be a jerk”
” Back then it also had platforms 15 and 16,”
I think you could gain access to station platforms from Flinders Street near Russell Street back then. Would be great if you could now.
@roger, that’s right – though to reach the other platforms you had a long subterranean path via platforms 14 and 1. Limited use nowadays, though the new Town Hall metro tunnel will introduce at least one new underground passageway under Swanston St.
maybe give that advice to people who trainsurf. ive seen one person who was trainsurfing on a comeng and fell off near the end of the station