Welcome to Melbourne’s railway network. Do you sometimes think that your trip home used to be better in ‘the good old days’? That pushing your way through crowded platforms is something new?
It’s been that way for decades, as this 1960 photo of Flinders Street Station from the Herald and Weekly Times collection shows.
How about electrical faults bringing the network to a halt in the middle of peak hour? (The Age, 7 November 2008)
That isn’t new either – including the passengers escaping stranded trains by walking along the tracks. (The Argus 12 March 1954):
And the old chestnut of level crossings delaying motorists? (The Age 29 December 2011)
People have been complaining about that one for years as well. (The Argus 30 March 1950)
So who knows what the next 50 years will bring to Melbourne’s railway network?