Glen Huntly Road has re-opened to traffic and trams following the level crossing removal, though trains are still a few weeks from resuming.
I’m watching this one because it used to be my usual station, and I still live not too far away.
In this post are a few photos showing recent progress, but I’ll start with an old one found at the Public Record Office Victoria. It’s looking east over the crossing, I’m guessing late-1920s. If you zoom in, there’s some fascinating detail. The tram line is single track, but presumably to be duplicated soon as it’s double on the crossing itself. A girl is crossing the railway line. The car in the foreground is parked where the third track is now.
In the background: the chemist was still a chemist until about 15 years ago. The newsagent next door (advertising The Argus and The Leader) is still a newsagent in 2023.
Also note the Estate Agent office on the left – this building is now a drycleaner (plus other stuff, trading under the name “One Place, All Services”) – watch for it and its distinctive roofline in the photos below – it will help if you’re not familiar with the area.
How it was just before major works: on 27th April from a similar angle to the above photo. In the last couple of years, the tram square was not in very good condition, so both trams and trains would slow to a crawl. This didn’t prevent trams from derailing on the crossing.
By late May, the road was closed, but trains continued to run. In this photo from 29th May, we’re looking west-ish. The drycleaner is at the right.
By 10th June (looking east again) they were busy putting in the piles for the sides of the trench for the trains to use to run under the road.
Another view, about a week later on 17th June.
By 7th July the railway station building was starting to go up, and work on the tramway and platform stops outside the station was also proceeding.
Another photo from 7th July: the second crossing at nearby Neerim Road had been replaced by a bridge, with the rail trench towards Caulfield taking shape.
16th July: the road opened on the 15th, and trams were running again, with the platform stops in operation.
Work on the station continues.
…though someone didn’t get the memo about the spelling change.