Thursday, January 10, 2013

Then and Now, Ashgrove

This wonderfully evocative photo by Richard Jones was taken in 1968, a year before Brisbane's tram system was closed down. The location is the Ashgrove Terminus at the corner of Waterworks Road and Coopers Camp Road. Where tram tracks were set in concrete, they were often just covered over with bitumen and occasionally make an appearance, especially when roadworks are underway.


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I have done my best with Street View to show you the modern scene at the same location. What a pleasant trip it must have been by tram into town, and then transfer to a ferry at the Bulimba Terminal to travel up or down the Brisbane River to your ultimate destination.

PS, I noted on the Translink website that public transport fares in Brisbane have changed. Not increased, just changed. How many fares went down, I wonder.

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  1. Our transport Minister has been on radio this morning speaking about the Randwick and Circular Quay extensions to our light rail. She was typically vague on details but construction should commence end of 2014, take 5/6 years to complete and close '40% of George Street between Bathurst and Hunter Streets' in the construction phase. No mention about the rest of George Street.

    Regrettably the interviewer did not ask the Minister about progress, if any, on the Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill extension which I assume should already be underway but about which I have heard nothing in many months.

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    1. Work is well underway Victor. The construction time of the Randwick to the Quay line seems excessive. I understand the remained of George Street will be open, but not the thoroughfare it once was.

      http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/lightrail-program/inner-west-light-rail-extension-current-works

      http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/b2b/projects/IWLRE_construction_update_Dec_2012_Jan_2013.pdf

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    2. Thanks for doing the research for me, Andrew. It's a wonder the O'Farrell government hasn't been publicising progress with the Dulwich Hill extension more. One recurring criticism of his government is a perception that nothing is happening and everything is being deferred for consultation or assessment.

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    3. Victor, much the same here with do nothing Bailleu. But Bails has had more time than Fatty O'Barrell and our Glad.

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  2. How silly of Brisbane to give up its tram system. I suppose it depends what they replaced the trams with - trains would have been good; smelly petrol-guzzling buses and cars would have been bad.

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    1. Yes, Hels, with it only being fully shut down in 1969, which is long after most systems were closed.

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  3. Brisbane is taking out their trams ... Adelaide is up-grading by putting ours back .... At a price of course!

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    1. Dianne, while I suppose funds are limited, at least things are moving forward there with planning etc. As you will recall, it was a hard battle to just get a short extension built, with some very vocal opposition. Now look at the light rail, too too busy.

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  4. I must have just missed the trams in Brisbane, moving here in 1970. TOH remembers them in the mid 60's when he first came to Australia. It doesn't matter who, from our generation, you talk to in Brisbane they al lament the closing down of the trams. Hels asks what took there place and she was right smelly buses and cars. Now the council is madly trying to find ways to keep cars out of the city. So parking is a horrific price now. The public transport is not the best as there isn't enough of it.

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    1. You missed by one year I think Diane. Here in Melbourne, we would not dream of trying to drive the car to the city, even though a niece got lucky and pulled straight up in front of the theatre to see a show.

      Brisbane had the most modern tram system in Australia before it was shut down. I would like to blame Joh, but I think it was Labor wot dun it.

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