Posts Tagged ‘Sydney’

Cutaway views of Epping-Chatswood line stations

When I visited Sydney a few years ago, I paid a visit to their then-newest railway line – the Epping-Chatswood link. Running the entire way in tunnels between said stations, the line has three intermediate stations, all located deep underground: North Ryde, Macquarie Park, and Macquarie University. So how do passengers reach them?

Platform 5 at Epping station

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.

8173 shunting container wagons at Cooks River yard

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 focus on something that is apparently trivial – where your ticket is valid. So why is this so important?

How to tow a broken down bus?

What happens when a bus breaks down? You send in one bad-ass looking tow truck to haul away:

Bad-ass looking tow truck waiting to haul away an articulated bus

Easy like a Sunday morning train timetable

There are two reasons why catching the train on a weekend is often a pain – railway operators use it as an opportunity to replace and upgrade infrastructure while minimising the disruption to passengers, and when the trains do run, you have to wait longer at the station because fewer services are timetabled. Despite this, Melbourne seems to be a lot worser off than our northern neighbours in Sydney.