Posts Tagged ‘us and them’

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

‘Backpacker au pairs’ and lessons from Hong Kong

A few days ago ABC News published a piece titled “Calls for ‘backpacker au pair’ visa and industry regulation as parents seek affordable child care”, detailing how a group called the “Indonesia Institute” was suggesting that migrant workers should be allowed to enter Australia to work as low-cost childcare providers.

Dodgy doors on Melbourne’s Comeng trains

Last week the doors of Melbourne’s Comeng trains received another mention in the news, when it was revealed that a 17-year-old boy had jumped out of moving train at Watergardens station after forcing the doors open. So how long have the doors had this vulnerability?

Article on Comeng train doors: The Age, March 15, 2014

How to tow a broken down bus?

What happens when a bus breaks down? You send in one bad-ass looking tow truck to haul away:

Bad-ass looking tow truck waiting to haul away an articulated bus

Easy like a Sunday morning train timetable

There are two reasons why catching the train on a weekend is often a pain – railway operators use it as an opportunity to replace and upgrade infrastructure while minimising the disruption to passengers, and when the trains do run, you have to wait longer at the station because fewer services are timetabled. Despite this, Melbourne seems to be a lot worser off than our northern neighbours in Sydney.