Re: Then and now.
  Andrew Cook

Here's an interesting comparison; just add nearly 100 years! W 324 at the Newmarket railway bridge in the 1920s and Z3 130 at the same location in 2020. Think the Z3 shot is by Mal R. and the W class shot is courtesy of the Public Records Office, North Melbourne (formerly the Victorian Government Printing Office). Note both shots have persons standing on the road--in the 1920s an intending tram passenger and in the 2020 shot, waiting for the tram and horrendous road traffic to clear before getting across the busy Racecourse Road. The railway bridge is infamous for being continually struck by over-height trucks (there was one the other day!). Also of note is the billboard at right advertising Lifeguard (soap?) in the 1920s, which in 2020 has been enlarged and advises to get tested for you know what (if you can) and, spray cans weren't around in the 1920s! One improvement in 2020 appears to be the restoration of the hotel behind the railway--it seems to be a tad 'grotty' in the 1920s.

Andrew Cook (interested in comparisons).

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01 W 324 Newmarket 1920s  |  1762W x 794H  | 221.44 KB |  Photo details
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02 Z3 Newmarket 5 Sep 2020  |  1637W x 1050H  | 407.1 KB |  Photo details