Trains

You can find pages and pages of posts about trains here: if that isn’t enough, there is plenty more beyond this site!

Route 30 and non-existent tram stops

The other day I was riding a route 30 tram along La Trobe Street, when I looked up at the onboard route map. Unlike the rest of the tram network, route 30 is so short that every single stop can be included on the diagram. The stop list was: St Vincents Plaza Nicholson Street La […]

Trainspotting on a flying visit to Sydney

A few weeks I made a flying visit to Sydney, as I made my way home to Melbourne from Cairns. I might have only spent an hour at Sydney Airport while I waited for my connecting flight, but I did manage to see a few trains along the way. My flight from Cairns approached Sydney […]

Sydney’s multimodal PT ticketing (or lack thereof)

As somebody who has grown up with a public transport ticketing system that lets you ride the entire network with a single ticket, Sydney’s service disruption messages often focus on apparently trivial information. This selection from the past few months shows what I mean: All Sydney Ferries out of Circular Quay stopped due to heavy […]

If the devil drove a train – the number would be?

If the devil drove a train – would it be numbered 666? Or have devil horns on the roof? Bonus content A contact has since supplied me with a photo from inside the cab of 666M – it appears train drivers like to joke about as well! Some background Melbourne’s suburban train carriages are numbered […]

Taking the politics out of transport planning?

Back in 2010, then leader of the Liberal Party, Ted Baillieu had the following to say about transport planning in Victoria: Victoria badly needs a new, independent, statutory authority to plan, co-ordinate and manage our public transport system. Despite Labor’s many plans and announcements, Victoria’s and Melbourne‚Äôs public transport needs have been poorly planned for […]