Trains

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V/Line’s new but misleading next train displays

Last week another part of the Regional Rail Link project opened to passengers – the pair of V/Line-only tracks between Southern Cross Station and Sunshine. Along with these tracks are two new platforms at Footscray station, which were provided with a new style of next train display screen. Can you spot the errors?

New V/Line next train displays displaying non-stations like Parwan Loop, as well as superfluous express running

How many times can one Myki gate break?

How many times can one Myki gate break? I catch the train to work every day, and always carry a camera with me – so if one gate has a habit of breaking, then I’m going to catch it!

'Temporary Unavailable' at Flagstaff station due to a broken barrier paddle

Give with one hand, take with another

All over Melbourne, the Liberal Government is covering the city with posters promoting cuts to zone 2 public transport fares, as part of their ‘Moving Victoria’ propaganda campaign. Meanwhile a more insidious fare rise is hiding in the wings, yet to be publicised.

The recent 'Free CBD trams and cheaper fares' election promise already promoted as part of the existing 'Moving Victoria' campaign

Fashion show at Flagstaff station

In my years of commuting through Flagstaff station I’ve seen many things – some normal like massive Myki queues, other annoying like the recent plague of chuggers, and finally some odd ones like a performance piece on the concourse. However this 1985 event takes the cake – a full on fashion show.

Fashion show held at Flagstaff station, May 1985

Newspapers using the “wrong” train photos

If you are interested in trains like I am, then you probably spend a lot of time online discussing the latest rail related news stories with fellow railfans. Over the years I have discovered an extremely common thread of discussion – the “wrong photo” complaint.

Victoria Police media release involving the Craigieburn line, featuring an XTrapolis train