Trains

You can find pages and pages of posts about trains here: if that isn’t enough, there is plenty more beyond this site!

Looking back at Transdev Melbourne’s fleet maintenance crisis

In December 2018 it was announced that Melbourne bus operator Transdev would not have their contract renewed, thanks to years of poor performance since taking over a third of Melbourne’s bus services in 2013. But it wasn’t just garden variety late running and chronically dirty buses that led to the company being dropped, but something […]

Photos from ten years ago: December 2008

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is December 2008, where I spent the month travelling around Victoria on the hunt for trains to photograph. Roadtrip! I started my journey in the south-west down at Camperdown, where I caught up with this short train made up of just […]

The trains are dry, but the neighbours aren’t

So you have paid heed to Melbourne’s history of railway flash flooding, and flood proofed your rail under road grade separation. But there is something you can’t fix as easily – flooding out anyone living beside the train trench. Flooding out the sandbelt In 2016 the level crossings on the Frankston line at North Road, […]

Sending rail under road, minus the swimming pool

Recent years have seen many new rail under road grade separations built across Melbourne, yet they don’t turn into swimming pools every time it rains. You can’t use the rest of the network as a model – flash flooding is a common sight across Melbourne’s poorly maintained rail system – so how do they stay […]

Photos from ten years ago: November 2008

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is November 2008. Checking the progress of the Geelong Ring Road seems to be an ongoing theme, and it comes up again this month. I also paid a visit to what is now the site of Waurn Ponds station, where I […]