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Photos from ten years ago: January 2008

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is January 2008. We start in the Geelong suburb of North Shore, where I found a Y class locomotive shunting a rake of loaded log wagons into the Midway wood chipping plant. The logs were sourced from native forests in East […]

Connecting Melbourne Central and Flinders Street Station to Melbourne Metro

A few weeks ago the final station names for the Melbourne Metro project was announced – with ‘CBD North’ now ‘State Library’ and ‘CBD South’ now ‘Town Hall’. So how are these two new stations going to be tied into the existing rail network at Melbourne Central and Flinders Street Station? Flinders Street Station and […]

Photos from ten years ago: December 2007

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is December 2007. We start at Southern Cross Station looking at a very sparse main concourse. The only thing blocking the way was a single Christmas tree, dwarfed by the grand space – quite the contrast to today. Down at a […]

Belt and braces – why Melbourne stations have lifts and ramps

Last week I detailed the accident of history that saw ramps being favoured over stairs on Melbourne’s railway network, despite the absence of any requirement to provide easy access for people with disabilities. So how has the network developed since then, and why have a combination of lifts and ramps become the current standard? Entering […]

Why Melbourne built ramps not stairs at railway stations

In your travels by train around Melbourne, you might have noticed something – the vast majority of stations are accessed via ramps, not stairs. This is reinforced by the current version of the Public Transport Victoria network map, which states – “Step free access at all stations except Heyington”. This sounds like quite a win for accessibility, and the result of years of hard and diligent work – but in reality it is just an accident of history based on the way that Melbourne’s rail network was built.

Ramp between platform and street at Ascot Vale station