Posts Tagged ‘wasted money’

Furlong Main and the St Albans roller coaster

Hundreds of millions of dollars are currently being spent on Sunbury line at St Albans to grade separate Furlong Road and Main Road, with Ginifer and St Albans stations also being rebuilt as part of the work. A noble objective given the history of fatal accidents in the area, but thanks to the half-arsed way the project has been planned, the Level Crossing Removal Authority has missed the most important bit – removing every level crossing.

Alstom Comeng 669M crosses the soon to be removed Furlong Road level crossing at Ginifer

Missed a spot – Nunawading and Mitcham level crossing removals

With millions of dollars being spent across Melbourne in recent years on level crossing removal projects, it is interesting to see what doesn’t get upgraded. A good example of this can be found between Nunawading and Mitcham – a pair of railway stations that have both been recently grade separated.

Transdev bus #8012 rego 8059AO on a route 902 service at Nunawading

Melbourne Metro and West Footscray station

The other day I stumbled across an interesting titbit on the Melbourne Metro website – they are planning to build a third platform at West Footscray. So what is the thinking behind the project?

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

Metro Trains Melbourne and a roll of duct tape

Everywhere you look on Melbourne’s rail network it feels like things are falling apart, and North Melbourne station isn’t any different – I spotted this duct tape wrapped glass balustrade back on January 7.

Cracked glass balustrade at North Melbourne station

Photo essay – V/Line’s VLocity train issues

Since the middle of January 2016 V/Line has been having major issues with their fleet of VLocity trains, resulting in dozens of cancelled services and the crush loading of the trains that are running. Here is a selection of photos from the period.

V/Line's current issues summed up on one photo