Archive for November, 2015

Regional Rail Link and level crossings delays in Deer Park

Since the full opening of Regional Rail Link on June 21, level crossing delays in Deer Park have skyrocketed, with some newspaper reports claiming that the boom gates have been down for period of up to 40 minutes! So what is actually going at the Mount Derrimut Road crossing?

N461 arrives into Deer Park with a citybound service

Small children – “you’re going to need a car”?

The other week in the Herald Sun I read an opinion piece titled “In Melbourne’s real world, cars still rule”, but it was a quote from Labor member for Brunswick, Jane Garrett, that really made me ask “are people really that blind”.

Down in the basement car park of Altona Gate Shopping Centre

V/Line thwarted from keeping trains running

Last week passengers on a Geelong-bound V/Line service were stuck at Deer Park for almost 3½ hours after their train broke down, with many other Geelong services also being delayed. So how does one broken down train manage to cause so many issues?

Passengers at Deer Park board at citybound service led by N461

The not so ‘Happy Hens’ egg world at Meredith

During the 1990s I made many backseat trips along the Midland Highway between Geelong and Ballarat, and one of the sights on the trip was the ‘Happy Hens’ egg farm at Meredith. Misleading named given that thousands of battery hens call it home, even more surprising was the egg themed tourist attraction that once occupied the site.

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Photo by Mattinbgn, via Wikimedia Commons

Myki and a flood of wasted paper

I last wrote about unwanted myki receipts way back in January 2013, but unfortunately the problem still hasn’t been fixed – resulting in bucketloads of money being spent on paper that just gets thrown on the ground.

Unwanted receipts still littering the ground around Myki machines