Archive for July, 2017

The more things change…

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Australian War Memorial image #126587 - Miss Peace Harber, one of the first women railway employees, changing the indicator clocks at the Degraves Street entrance of Flinders Street Station.

Why ‘make trains longer’ isn’t that simple

When faced with a overcrowded peak hour train, “why don’t they add another carriage” sounds like a obvious fix – but unfortunately the answer isn’t always that simple.

Craigieburn line at Newmarket station - no hope of fitting on this train!

Categorising the Melbourne tram network by environment

Melbourne’s tram network is one of the biggest in the world, with 24 routes traversing 250 kilometres of track, dating back over a century, and progressively extended and upgraded in the years since.

Today the challenge is to keep services moving despite increasing traffic congestion, carrying more passengers than ever before, while meeting new accessible transport standards. This is difficult activity given no two parts of the network are the same – so how can the Melbourne tram network be categorised by the environment they runs through?

Z3.202 headed north on Swanston and Flinders Street

Photos from ten years ago: July 2007

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is July 2007.

X36 and H1 on the up at Grovedale, returning light engine from the Waurn Ponds cement works

Selling off parkland on Buckley Street, Footscray

Parkland has become a hot button topic in the inner Melbourne suburb of Footscray, with 2016 seeing members of the local community lobbying state and local government to allow surplus railway land to be turned over to the public as open space, and not sold for development. But on Buckley Street the government is doing something even more shameful – selling off former parkland as a development site.