Posts Tagged ‘transport’

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 […]

The ‘station with no trains’ at Flinders Street

With Flinders Street Station being the centre of the Melbourne rail network, you might think it would be difficult to see all 10 platforms empty at the same time – but I have. This was April 2018. And not just once – this was January 2019. And December 2015. The key to the empty platforms […]

Farewell to Transdev Melbourne

31 January 2022 marked yet another deck chair shuffling exercise on the Melbourne public transport network – Kinetic Melbourne has taken over the operation of 534 buses on 49 bus routes. This is the story of their predecessor, Transdev Melbourne. The beginning The story starts in June 2012 when the Victorian Government called for expressions […]

On the train to Flemington for Melbourne Cup Day

Today is Horse Slaughter Day, so let’s jump on a train to Flemington Racecourse. On the train Trains start at Flinders Street Station. First stop Southern Cross. Then North Melbourne. Then takes the high level tracks towards the Craigieburn line. Passing over Moonee Ponds Creek. Trains to the Showgrounds and Flemington Racecourse run express through […]

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 […]