Trains

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

Photos from ten years ago: September 2010

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is September 2010. In the city Trams on Swanston Street still stopped in the middle of the road, leaving anyone with limited mobility out in the cold. The current platform stops were completed between May 2011 and July 2012. At Richmond […]

Photos from ten years ago: August 2010

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is August 2010. Scenes that are gone The western skyline of the Melbourne CBD was much sparser. Today apartment towers cover the former Spencer Street Power Station, The Age building, and Australia Post sorting facility. The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel was […]

V/Line’s sorry history of inaccessible trains

Since the passing of the Disability Discrimination Act in 1992 transport operators are required to provide equal access to all passengers – but for V/Line they still have some way to go, with a number of missteps along the way. Trouble on the tracks V/Line has a major issue with inaccessible trains. Ray, Warnambool: In […]

Down the library and another case of deja vu

Over the years I’ve read so many books about trains and taken so many photos of them, that each train starts to blur into each other – but my recent experience at the library was a new one. I was flicking through a copy of “Engineering Marvels of Australia – Australia’s Railways” by Alison Hidek […]

V/Line spending big on rail replacement taxis

When trains aren’t running V/Line passengers are used to being packed onboard replacement buses, but there is an even more expensive mode of substitute transport that V/Line makes regular use of – taxis! I first became aware of it years ago when a mate who uses a mobility scooter tried to travel to Seymour on […]