Posts Tagged ‘trains’

Still more COVID-19 related public transport observations

Victoria is now onto lockdown #6 and the pandemic has no end in sight – so here’s another round of COVID-19 related public transport observations. Cleaning “Hygiene Theater” is still an everyday operation on the Melbourne rail network. Wiping down the handrails may make some sense. But a ‘hygiene team’ wiping down bus stops is […]

Upgrading Melbourne’s railway network in the 1970s

Recently I came across a 1973 Bureau of Transport Economics report titled “Review of Public Transport Investment Proposals for Australian Capital Cities“, which listed 16 upcoming public transport projects for Melbourne. But five decades later, how many of these projects actually went ahead? South Kensington – Footscray railway quadruplication In 1973 work on this project […]

V/Line football specials for Geelong Cats fans

The V/Line trains and the Geelong Cats have been working together for years. Their home ground of Kardinia Park in Geelong is right beside the railway. Grandstands visible from passing trains. South Geelong station is a short walk to the ground. With a number of sidings available to park extra trains. Many Cats fans also […]

Metro Tunnel to deliver almost nothing to Melbourne’s west

‘More trains more often’ is one of the line being used by the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority to spruik the benefits of the new rail tunnel being built under the Melbourne CBD – but in reality it is a half-truth. With the tunnel linking the Sunbury line in Melbourne’s north-west to the Pakenham and Cranbourne […]

Then and now at North Melbourne station

Today we take a step back to the 1920s and take a walk around North Melbourne railway station, comparing it to what exists today. At the north end of the platforms little has changed. VPRS 12800/P3, item ADV 1607 The only difference I can spot is the removal of the sheltered timber platform seats, replaced […]