Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from February 2009

Another in my series of photos from ten years ago.

Black Saturday, 7th February 2009. There were dire warnings earlier in the week about the fire risk, though I’m not sure everyone believed them.

It was a stinking hot day. The car thermometer at one stage measured 47.5 degrees – here it is showing 47.

Car thermometer 7/2/2009

That night we had dinner with friends at their house in Chirnside Park. This photo is timestamped 6:56pm: We could see smoke rising in the distance – but at the time, had little idea of what was happening. (My blog post at the time noted some truly remarkable and horrific photos on the Boston Globe’s web site.)

Smoke from Black Saturday fires, seen from outer-eastern Melbourne 7/2/2009

The previous week: first day of school.

First day of school 2/2/2009

On 3rd February 2009 I spoke to a rally outside state Parliament House – I seem to recall it was mostly about water issues, but managed to tie in transport – train operator Connex’s parent company Veolia, which was involved in one of the short-listed consortia bidding to build and run the desalination plant. (They didn’t win it.)

Protest rally at Parliament 3/2/2009
Daniel at protest rally at Parliament 3/2/2009
Photo: Rob Meredith

This photo shows a morning of severe train delays. As the signs show, the train was an hour late reaching South Yarra.

Running late

The view on Centre Road at Bentleigh – with the level crossing.

Bentleigh level crossing 16/2/2009

Speaking to channel 7 on platform 3 at the old Bentleigh station.

Channel 7 news, Bentleigh station 2/2/2009

Flinders Street Station with its then mustardy paint job.

Flinders Street Station 21/2/2009

Getting some work done while waiting for the train. Super grainy photo from phone camera.

Waiting for the 6:40

Amazing amounts of litter on the tracks at Glenhuntly. I’m sure it’s not normally this messy nowadays.

Litter on the tracks at Glenhuntly 13/2/2009

Ad for the American version of Life On Mars at Richmond station. (I loved the UK version, can’t say I’ve watched this one.)

Richmond Station: ads for Life On Mars (US) 24/2/2009

I took this photo because the “Mind the gap” signage was new. This was at Footscray.

Mind the gap

Every February there’s a big publicity campaign for the Grand Prix in March. In 2009, the after-race concert included The Who – which I ended up attending. Also note the Punt Road traffic in the background, with two nortbound 246 buses in a row.

Grand Prix / The Who banners at Swan St/Punt Rd, 27/2/2009

February 2009 was also the month I got this new USB drive.

By the way, load shedding was in the news the other week. I see from my old blog posts that it happened back in February 2009 as well. So anybody who claims it didn’t used to happen back when there was little green energy is completely wrong.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

4 replies on “Old photos from February 2009”

@Peter, if there is one, it’s well hidden! There also used to be a map outside the station, next to the level crossing. I don’t think that’s been replaced either.

@Moonfriend, I haven’t turned off RSS, but a couple of people have reported problems with it. I’m not sure what’s causing it.

The RSS URL still returns XML, but RSS feed validators seem to have having trouble reading it. I have no idea why (and haven’t had time to thoroughly investigate).

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