Posts Tagged ‘Victoria’

Measure twice, cut once at Laverton station

You’d think preventing trains from hitting a new railway platform would be easy – there are standards for how close you can build to the tracks, so following those clearances in your construction drawing, and it’ll just work. However the people who designed the Laverton station upgrades of 2009-10 somehow forgot that, leading to plenty of rework before trains were allowed to run.

Siemens stops for passengers at Laverton station, surrounded by construction

Photos from ten years ago: January 2006

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time January 2006.

S302 awaiting departure from Geelong on the down Warrnambool

A sorry history of Victorian level crossing failures

In the past week V/Line has been in the news due to their VLocity trains failing to activate level crossings. While a concerning revelation, it isn’t exactly a new issue in Victoria – let us step back in time a little.

Yarra Street level crossing, South Geelong

Contactless payment and myki machines

Contactless payment with credit and debit cards is a technology that scores of retailers across Australia have supported for a number of years – and in December 2015 Public Transport Victoria announced that they would play catch-up and upgrade myki ticket machines to support the same.

New EFTPOS payment terminal fitted to a myki machine, now featuring support for contactless transactions

Filthy trains and Frankston line pork barrelling

When it comes to public transport, politicians love making promises that they never intend to follow through with – but in the case of the Bayside Rail Project< on the Frankston line, the decision to actually pursue the upgrades has led to an unexpected bonus - clean trains. 'Service to Frankston stopping all stations' displayed on the PIDS of a X'Trapolis train