Posts Tagged ‘train’

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 […]

Myki gates and railway station evacuations

The last thing anybody wants when trying to evacuate a building is a set of locked doors – which in the case of railway stations, is usually a set of ticket gates. For this reason an emergency release is usually included as part of the gate array, to ensure a clear exit in times of need.

Slow Myki gates cause a queue to exit Southern Cross at the Bourke Street end

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