Posts Tagged ‘train’

Prahran station and a pitiful political promise

Leading up to every election, politicians from all parties pull out their wallets and start flinging money around on promises to the electorate – new roads, railway lines, hospitals and schools are are common theme. However during the knife edge fight for the seat of Prahran at the 2014 State Election, the promise was a lot lower budget – an additional exit at the local railway station.

Alstom Comeng 597M departs Prahran station with an up Sandringham service

‘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

Adding two token train services to Sunbury

In June 2015 the final stage of Regional Rail Link opened to passengers, moving V/Line trains onto a new set of tracks between Sunshine and the city, and freeing up space on the existing tracks to run more suburban services. So what happened to the latter?

EDI Comeng arrives into West Footscray with an up Sunbury line service

Useless shelters at Melbourne railway stations

Melbourne is a city known for bad weather – so why is finding adequate weather protection at our railway stations so hard?

Inadequate weather protection on the 'colander footbridge' at Footscray

First weekday for Regional Rail Link

On the weekend the last part of Regional Rail Link finally opened, with Geelong trains moving onto the new line via the back of Werribee, serving two new stations at Wyndham Vale and Tarneit. I went for a ride on Monday morning to see how the new commuters took to their new service.

VLocity 3VL58 stops at Tarneit with a down Geelong service