Trains

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

Myki machine ‘upgrades’ – PTV sets a low bar

After years of being underwhelmed by myki, exceptions are low whenever Public Transport Victoria announces an ‘upgrade’ to the system – however this one takes the cake.

Myki reader sits beside a myki machine at Deer Park

Buying an Opal card – why so difficult?

I recently spent a long weekend in Sydney and tried to buy an Opal card – their public transport smartcard – an exercise that was much harder than I expected.

Tangara set T60 arrives into Central in afternoon peak

Would a tramway bridge at Docklands work?

An ongoing issue with future development at Melbourne’s Fishermans Bend is public transport, and how to link the area to the Melbourne CBD. One of the proposals is a tram bridge over the Yarra River, with an opening span in the middle to allow boats to pass. But how practical would such as structure be?

A proposed bridge for trams over the Yarra. Photo: Port Phillip Council

“My other car is a hi-rail excavator”

Right now works are underway across Melbourne to remove level crossings from Melbourne’s rail network, resulting in busier car parks as commuters try to avoid rail replacement bus services. However the vehicle I found in the temporary Blackburn station car park takes the cake.

Hi-rail excavator parked in the Blackburn station's temporary replacement car park

Photos from ten years ago – July 2006

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – July 2006 was a month were I didn’t photograph anything of historical note.

Football crowds at Southern Cross