Posts Tagged ‘Victoria’

Why are Melbourne railway footbridges so high?

You might have noticed something about Melbourne’s railway station footbridges – they are bloody high, with long ramps and stairs leading up to them. So why do they need to be so high above the tracks?

EDI Comeng train arrives into Sunshine station on the up

V/Line trains and antimacassars

The word for today is ‘antimacassar‘ – a piece of cloth placed on the back of a chair to protect the seat fabric from dirt. A decade ago they were a common sight onboard V/Line trains. They were fitted to the seats onboard the Sprinter trains. Photo by Jb17kx, via Wikimedia Commons As well as […]

Did the Kennett Government do anything good for public transport in Victoria?

When most people reflect upon the 1990s Liberal government led by Jeff Kennett, they remember it as a time of ideologically driven cutbacks to public transport. However the truth is a little more complex, with one being able to argue that they were actually setting out to make improvements to the system – for better […]

Photos from ten years ago: May 2008

Another instalment in my photos from ten years ago series – this time it is May 2008. ‘Crate Men’ were appearing all over Melbourne – I found this example beside the railway line at Newport. Also at Newport I came across a port shuttle train with a load of containers from the CRT Logistics terminal […]

High voltage power lines to nowhere

On the outer eastern edge of Melbourne there is a curious piece of infrastructure – a high voltage power line to nowhere. So why was it built, and why is it currently sitting idle? Running south-west from Coldstream to Templestowe, via Chirnside Park, Wonga Park and Warrandyte, I was first tipped off to the existence […]