Archive for April, 2014

Loading the Spirit of Tasmania

The Spirit of Tasmania is a roll-on/roll-off ferry that carries road vehicles as well as passengers between the island state of Tasmania and the rest of Australia. Two vessels operate the service across Bass Strait – MV Spirit of Tasmania I and MV Spirit of Tasmania II. So how are cars loaded onto it?

Spirit of Tasmania II moored at Station Pier

The return of taxi advertising in Melbourne

When I was younger seeing Melbourne taxis with advertising panels attached to the rear boot was normal, but then they died away. Apparently somebody out there missed them, as this “Back by popular demand” advertisement seems to suggest. So what happened to them?

'Back by popular demand' they say? Back of taxi advertising from 'Rova Taxi Media'

When a fire hose crosses the railway track

Earlier in April a photo did the rounds of social media, which showed a fire hose passing over a railway crossing, with plastic humps put over the top in an attempt to allow trains to pass by. So what is the story behind it?

Fire hose over railway tracks (by Tom Bongaerts)

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?)