Posts Tagged ‘Metro Trains Melbourne’

V/Line thwarted from keeping trains running

Last week passengers on a Geelong-bound V/Line service were stuck at Deer Park for almost 3½ hours after their train broke down, with many other Geelong services also being delayed. So how does one broken down train manage to cause so many issues?

Passengers at Deer Park board at citybound service led by N461

Myki and a flood of wasted paper

I last wrote about unwanted myki receipts way back in January 2013, but unfortunately the problem still hasn’t been fixed – resulting in bucketloads of money being spent on paper that just gets thrown on the ground.

Unwanted receipts still littering the ground around Myki machines

Railway shops at Nicholson Street, Footscray

Once upon a time on Nicholson Street in Footscray there where two rows of ordinary looking shops – but when you took a look at the back wall, you realised that they were actually built over the top of the railway line. So what was the story behind them?

Eastern side of the shops over the railway tracks at Nicholson Street

‘Stepping down’ – Metro Trains new timekeeping swindle

Since taking the reins of our rail network, Metro Trains Melbourne has been known for their pursuit of profit over service provision. The best example of this is station skipping – a practice that first emerged in early 2012 as a way for late trains make up time and avoid fines for poor performance, but soon reached plague proportions. As a result PTV started collecting data on the practice in April 2015, but Metro Trains has already found a new way to fudge their performance statistics – ‘stepping down’ services.

Not-in-service train runs express through the City Loop at Melbourne Central

Melbourne trains – which carriage should I choose?

When travelling by train in Melbourne, there is a question that not many people ask – which carriage should I travel in?

Alstom Comeng crosses the Cremorne railway bridge over the Yarra, with the CBD skyline behind