Posts Tagged ‘Connex Melbourne’

Photos from ten years ago: June 2007

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is June 2007.

Collins Street entrance at Southern Cross

Passengers stuck waiting at pedestrian crossings

One point often missed regarding level crossing is that rail passengers also get stuck waiting at them – leaving them stuck on the wrong side of the tracks and missing the train they were trying to catch. An example of this is Yarraville station, as I found a few years ago.

Crowd of passengers abandoning the platform at Yarraville, after an announcement that no trains were running

Melbourne trains on the streets of France

As the most numerous type of train in the fleet, X’Trapolis trains are a familiar sight in Melbourne, but there one place you’d never expect to see one – the streets of France!

X'Trapolis 146M citybound between Richmond and Flinders Street

Why is Melbourne’s rail control centre so vulnerable?

Last week Melbourne’s rail network ground to a halt after the main control centre was evacuated due to a false alarm – the latest in a growing list of similar outages. So why is Melbourne’s rail control centre so vulnerable to these kind of issues, when other cities seem to keep on ticking?

Alstom Comeng crosses the Cremorne railway bridge over the Yarra, with the CBD skyline behind

Measure twice, cut once at Laverton station

You’d think preventing trains from hitting a new railway platform would be easy – there are standards for how close you can build to the tracks, so following those clearances in your construction drawing, and it’ll just work. However the people who designed the Laverton station upgrades of 2009-10 somehow forgot that, leading to plenty of rework before trains were allowed to run.

Siemens stops for passengers at Laverton station, surrounded by construction