Archive for April, 2018

Change of the (advertising) guard at Melbourne stations

Advertising to the captive audiences at Melbourne railway stations is big business, with multinational company JCDecaux having held the station advertising contract for Metro Trains Melbourne for the past few years. Their staff paste up new posters when it is time to change over the advertiser. As well as replacing the billboards inside motorised panels. […]

Photos from ten years ago: April 2008

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is April 2008. On April 2 a dust storm hit Victoria – here was my view on the train home to Geelong. The storm also brought down trees, stopping trains passing through Glenferrie station. Closer to home work was well underway […]

Which V/Line train type is the most reliable?

V/Line operates a real mixed bag of rolling stock to provide train services across Victoria – but which type of train is the most reliable? V/Line fleet overview The newest trains in the V/Line fleet are the VLocity diesel multiple units. Each train is made up of three carriages, each with a diesel engine beneath. […]

Which Melbourne train type is the most reliable?

There are three types of train in the Melbourne suburban fleet – the older Comeng trains, as well as the newer Siemens and X’Trapolis types. But which type of train is the most reliable? The ‘Rolling Stock Module’ of the 2017 Franchise Agreement between Public Transport Victoria and Metro Trains Melbourne describes how the ‘Mean […]