Posts Tagged ‘then and now’

Melbourne Central’s missing myki machine

At the tram stop outside Melbourne Central Station, there is a black and yellow striped plywood box sitting where the myki machine used to be. Note that the above photo was from October 2013 – fast forward to a year later and the yellow stripes have faded, hidden beneath a plethora of stickers and tags. […]

What happened to Metro’s station staff promise?

Back in November 2009, Metro Trains Melbourne took over the operation of Melbourne’s suburban rail network, and bringing with them a long list of promised improvements to the system. So how well has one of these promises fared? Improving staffing levels on the network was one promise Metro made, as found in this media release […]

Fashion show at Flagstaff station

In my years of commuting through Flagstaff station I’ve seen many things – some normal like massive Myki queues, other annoying like the recent plague of chuggers, and finally some odd ones like a performance piece on the concourse. However this 1985 event takes the cake – a full on fashion show.

Fashion show held at Flagstaff station, May 1985

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?

Comeng, Siemens, Comeng, Siemens, Comeng, Siemens... 8 trains stabled at Melbourne Yard, and all alternating like so!

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. So how long have they been there?

'Concession travel is only for concession card holders' poster at Melbourne Central (I think it's a decade old now?)