Archive for 2019

Missed opportunities and Melbourne’s new hybrid buses

Back in April 2019 Daniel Andrews and the Minister for Public Transport were shouting ‘Melbourne first hybrid buses’ from the rooftops. But the reality is different – they’re not Melbourne’s first hybrid buses, we’re still buying hundreds of conventional diesel buses, and technology has already overtaken us. CDC Melbourne photo Some background Here is the […]

Moving refrigerated containers by train

Every day refrigerated containers filled with chilled meat, fruit and dairy products are moved by train across Victoria to the Port of Melbourne, ready to be loaded on ships for export around the world. The containers arrive at the rail head by truck, then are loaded onto the train. Electrical cables are plugged into the […]

Photo essay: Melbourne’s four hour tram strike

On Friday August 30 Melbourne’s trams stopped for four hours between 10am and 2pm, while Yarra Trams drivers and customer service staff went on strike over pay and conditions. At the tram stops Signage was erected at tram stops to inform passengers. With messages also being added to the TramTracker screens. As well as being […]

How long does it take to unload a container train

How long does it take to unload a container train? The short answer is “it depends”. Length of the train is one factor. As is the number of reach stackers available to move containers. But Appendix A “train strip and reload analysis” of the Fishermans Bend Freight Corridor Advisory Services report, dated July 2016 give […]

The train that does the job of 50 trucks

Each day a single freight train does the rounds of suburban Melbourne, doing the work of 50 trucks. So how does 1000 tonnes of gravel slip under the radar?

G521 leads the up empty Apex train through Flinders Street