Trains

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Photos from ten years ago: November 2007

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is November 2007. We start at South Kensington station, looking back to a much sparser Melbourne CBD skyline. The main difference – a lack of apartment towers along the northern stretch of Elizabeth Street. Down on the Werribee line I spotted […]

Extending Melbourne suburban train lengths is nothing new

In recent months much has been made of how Melbourne’s new 7 car long ‘High Capacity Metro Trains’ will be the biggest ever to run on the network, with platform extensions required to allow passengers to take full advantage of the extra space. However rolling out longer trains is nothing new to Melbourne – similar work has been done in decades past.

Down South Morang train arrives into Bell station

Photos from ten years ago: October 2007

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is October 2007. We start at Southern Cross Station. When initially completed the concourses at the station were wide open spaces, unadulterated by congestion causing commercial outlets. A more positive change occurred at Flinders Street Station, where the aging CRT next […]

Metro Trains Melbourne, two derailments, and rail lubrication

This is the story of Metro Trains Melbourne, two derailed trains, and the role rail lubrication plays in keeping trains running. The story starts on February 6, 2016 when a citybound X’Trapolis train came off the tracks at Rushall station. A metro train has derailed at Fitzroy North. @SebCostello9 is LIVE at the scene in […]

V/Line overcomplicate the toilet door

Doors are a simple thing, having existed for hundreds of years. So how did V/Line manage to overcomplicate a door so much, that a three step instruction manual and regular audio announcements were required?

'Ensure your privacy' signage inside the disabled toilet onboard a VLocity train