Here’s another post of photos from ten years ago… November 2011.
These old tram signs from the corner of Elizabeth and Flinders Streets seem to have disappeared around 2015. On the bright side, the huge number of tram route numbers in use whenever the signs first went up (somewhere between 1943 and 1962) has been reduced to just three.
Old Hitachi train arriving at the old Bentleigh station
A route 703 bus waits outside Bentleigh station. Notable here for transport geeks: it’s before the level crossing was removed; the fare evasion campaign of the time; there was no proper pedestrian crossing between the westbound bus stop and the station. Thankfully that was fixed with the removal of the level crossing.
Yet again showing that motorists are their own worst enemies: car drivers ignoring Rule 128 and blocking the intersection outside Flagstaff station.
Another view from near Flagstaff, looking east down La Trobe Street
Speaking of W-class trams, here’s a (not very good) photo of one midway through the removal of Metcard validators.
Before the South Morang extension opened in 2012, upgrades including duplication of single track sections of the Epping line were completed, which enabled more trains to run.
Found during a clearout: an Ozemail disk.
It was around this time that I realised the corner of Flinders Street and Market Street was a good place to try and snap a train, tram and bus all in the one photo, because all were plentiful there. This was the first good one. I cropped it slightly and adjusted the brightness slightly, and have used it regularly since.
… Just last year I suspect that photo helped inspire a Matt Davidson cartoon in The Age.
Then Lord Mayor Robert Doyle being interviewed about the new tram stops in Swanston Street adjacent the State Library.
Here’s Doyle along with City of Melbourne’s Director of City Design Rob Adams and then-Yarra Trams CEO Michel Masson, observing the new tram stops.
Queues at Flagstaff to exit the station due to insufficient fare gates.