Archive for May, 2015

Architecture in Helsinki advertising trains

Hattip to ‘wxtre’ over on Daniel Bowen’s blog for this catch – Architecture in Helsinki providing the backing track to an advertisement for the new ‘Silver Line’ of the Washington Metro.

Diesel powered lights at Southern Cross Station

Given the previous issues with diesel fumes beneath the roof at Southern Cross Station, one might think feeding even more diesel exhaust into the station environment would be something to avoid. However, the reality is quite different.

Siemens train arrives at Southern Cross platform 14 with a Werribee service<

Gone but not forgotten – the route 24 tram

As part of the July 2014 tram timetable change, the peak-only route 24 serivce from North Balwyn to La Trobe Street via Kew was discontinued. So what is it still visible on Google Maps?

February 2015 - route 24 tram still displayed in Google Maps

Melbourne Metro – details finally revealed?

In recent years the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel has been an on and off again project, which to the public has just been a line drawn north-south over a map of the Melbourne CBD. I pieced together whatever plans I could find a few years ago, but the recent publication of the Melbourne Metro business case dated December 2011 was a big win – it features the gory technical details I have been hanging out for. So let’s take a look!

Figure 5-8 Concept for CBD North Station

Confused sports fans shut down a rail network

One would think that shutting down an entire city’s rail network would be difficult – but unfortunately Metro Trains Melbourne proved that a few confused sports fans can do just that. So how the hell did they do it?

All trains between Richmond and Flinders Street stopped due to a trespasser on the tracks