Trains

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

When a fire hose crosses the railway track

Earlier in April a photo did the rounds of social media, which showed a fire hose passing over a railway crossing, with plastic humps put over the top in an attempt to allow trains to pass by. The most popular version of the photo on Twitter was posted on April 7, and has since received […]

Expanding Melbourne’s suburban train fleet

In recent years patronage on Melbourne’s rail network has skyrocketed – 94 per cent over the 12 years from 1998-99 to 2010-11. So how did all of these passengers get moved on a fleet of trains that has stayed relatively constant? Annual metropolitan train patronage peaked at 182.6 million trips in 1949-50, then went into […]

Melbourne Central ditches dated advertisements

For the past decade, passengers waiting on platform 3 at Melbourne Central station have been greeted by two increasingly dated billboards. The first was was ‘Pipeworks Fun Market’, located in the northern suburb of Campbellfield. The second was a Metcard branded ‘Concession travel is only for concession card holders’ poster, featuring a Hitachi train still […]

Tracking the Protective Service Officers rollout

Since 2012 the Victorian Liberal Government has been deploying Protective Service Officers to railway stations across the Melbourne suburban network, and as of this week we have a total of 682 PSOs patrolling 104 Melbourne railway stations – or so says the self congratulatory media release. With 207 stations to be guarded between 6pm and […]

Victorian Government propaganda moves fast

Back in late 2013 the State Liberal Government released a new transport propaganda campaign titled “Moving Victoria” – and new advertisements soon appeared around Melbourne. All up at least $3.2 million has been spent on the campaign. On March 26 the Napthine government followed their free wheeling spending by dropping a massive bombshell on Melbourne’s […]