Archive for June, 2014

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

East West Link and spam blogs

A few weeks ago in my Twitter feed I found somebody taking the piss of an news article, which described the proposed East West Link freeway as “replenish seductiveness”. Even the most simple minded freeway advocate would never write something so nonsensical, so I dug deeper into the linked article.

East West Link will "replenish seductiveness"

Wikipedia and railfan rumours

There is an old railway saying that goes “If you haven’t heard a rumour by lunchtime, then start a new one”. This leads to all kinds of harebrained discussion threads wherever railfans congregate, as well as Wikipedia articles such as a one I found the other day. So how often is there truth to them?

Newspapers using the “wrong” train photos

If you are interested in trains like I am, then you probably spend a lot of time online discussing the latest rail related news stories with fellow railfans. Over the years I have discovered an extremely common thread of discussion – the “wrong photo” complaint.

Victoria Police media release involving the Craigieburn line, featuring an XTrapolis train

Vision impaired and the green button

A few months ago I first looked at the uselessness of the green buttons that provide timetable information at stations, but at Southern Cross they did things a bit differently, with braille text being added alongside the normal instructions. However all is not as it appears…

Timetable information / emergency assistance intercom on the suburban platforms