Trains

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Delivering concrete segments to the Metro Tunnel

The tunnel boring machines responsible for digging Melbourne’s Metro Tunnel started work in August 2019, but the concrete segments that will line the new tunnel have had a much longer journey. Their start their life behind an anonymous gate in Ravenhall, next door to the Regional Rail Link tracks. But the ‘tunnel lining segment manufacturing […]

Perils of design when rebranding a train

In August 2009 the Victorian Government was announced that Connex Melbourne would be dumped as the operator of the Melbourne suburban rail network, replaced by Metro Trains Melbourne. Rolling out a new look The government released a flashy video alongside the media release, featuring an X’Trapolis train bearing the new Metro corporate image. Back in […]

Ten years since Connex left Melbourne

Remember when Connex ran suburban trains in Melbourne? November 30 marks ten years since they left Melbourne, and Metro Trains Melbourne took over the operation of the suburban rail network. The fall For years the state government had been underinvesting in rail infrastructure, leading to debacles such as the 2008 Oaks Day failure: Connex did […]

Trucks cutting corners in Melbourne’s inner west

You’d think that someone paid to drive trucks for a living would know how to turn a corner – but from what I’ve seen in Melbourne’s inner west, many struggle to. Somerville Road and McDonald Road, Brooklyn There is a level crossing at the corner of Somerville Road and McDonald Road in the Melbourne industrial […]

Photos from ten years ago: November 2009

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is November 2009. New infrastructure Work on the new platform at Laverton was well underway, with tracks laid but not connected. At Footscray station the new footbridge was starting to look real. But the rickety old timber bridge was still in […]