Posts Tagged ‘Metro Trains Melbourne’

An outsiders look at the Melbourne rail network

When people travel interstate or overseas, one of the things they love to point out is how the public transport system is much better than the one they use at home – a case of “the grass is always greener”? If so, what would a person who has travelled on rail systems all over the world think of the Melbourne network?

Werribee-bound Siemens train at North Melbourne platform 6

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

Poor planning replacing the City Loop lifts

All infrastructure eventually wears out, and in the case of Melbourne the thirty year old lifts in the City Loop have come up for replacement. However the planning of these works leaves a lot to be desired.

Lift linking Flagstaff station to the street closed for total replacement

Flash flooding and Melbourne’s railways

On 29 December 2016 a sudden thunderstorm hit Melbourne, resulting in flash flooding across the city, and the usual disruptions to train and tram services.

Floodwaters cover the tram tracks at Flinders and Market Streets
This photo is actually from May 2016

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