Posts Tagged ‘train’

Level crossing boom barriers – timber or metal?

If you take a close look a level crossing, you might’ve noticed something about the boom barriers used to prevent cars driving onto the tracks. Some are made of metal. Aluminium channel to be specific. And others are made of timber. Two separate pieces, tied together to form a truss. So what gives? The answer […]

Infrastructure inspection trains of Victoria

Across Victoria there are a number of specialised rail vehicles used to inspect the tracks for faults – so let’s take a look at them. Track evaluation vehicle IEV100 IEV100 is a track evaluation vehicle that traverses the Victorian railway network to test track quality. Self propelled with a diesel engine, and with the option […]

Cancelling public transport to inner Melbourne

On Saturday 18 September public transport in much of Melbourne was shutdown on the request of Victoria Police between 8am and 2pm, in an attempt to prevent anti-lockdown protesters attending a planned rally in the Melbourne CBD. The backstory The shutdown was announced at a Victoria Police press conference on Wednesday 15 September. Public transport […]

Another OCR adventure with Google Image Search

A few years ago I discovered that Google Image Search applies OCR to indexed images, enabling it to return results for text that have never appeared online. Well, now I’ve found another example. Some detective work The story started two months ago, when Victorian residents were allowed to go further than 5 kilometres from home […]

Level crossings replacing level crossings

It might seem strange, but as the Level Crossing Removal Project separates road and rail across Melbourne’s railway network, a new kind of level crossing is appearing in their place for a specific purpose – road rail access pads for maintenance vehicles. Road–rail vehicles Many different kinds of road–rail vehicle exist, ready to assist with […]