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transport

Evolution trains: First impressions

A few of the Evolution trains (aka High-Capacity Metro Trains, or HCMTs for short) are now out and about in passenger service, with more being delivered into the stabling facility at Pakenham East. Last week I got to ride one for the first time. Here are some photos and first impressions. The one I caught  ... [More]

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transport

Is Myki Pass still good value?

Myki Pass may no longer be the best option for people whose travel patterns have changed. I’ve done a quick calculator to try and work it out.

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Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from March 2011

Another in my series of photos from ten years ago: March 2011. A Hitachi train, still in service (they were finally phased out in 2014) passing the MCG. If you believe the headboard, it’s going to Altona, which seems… unlikely. Myki was just over a year old in Melbourne, and they were keen to encourage  ... [More]

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transport

Effects of electrification on train patronage

Twelve years ago debate was raging in the Sunbury community over the electrification of the line from Watergardens. I blogged about it here, pointing out that yes they might lose their comfy V/Line trains, but overall service levels would rise, with more frequent services right across the day. Looking back, did people desert the service  ... [More]

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News and events

A year at home

A year ago today it all went off. The talk of theoretical disruptions from the COVID-19 virus became very real in Australia. I thought I’d look back over the past 12 months. Hopefully I haven’t messed up any of the chronology, but if so, please leave a comment. March 2020 It seemed sudden – cases  ... [More]

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transport

My take on the EV tax

I don’t think it’s as simple as EVs good, tax bad.

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Going green Home life

Solar panels on period homes

Solar panels on heritage homes are the perfect blend of old and new

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Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from February 2011

I’m a bit late posting this, but here’s one of my regular posts of old photos from ten years ago. Simpler times. Under the Clocks at Flinders Street. Back when Metro allowed advertising that directly criticised public transport and train travel. Queues to exit McKinnon station, despite the presence of an underpass, back before the  ... [More]

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transport

PT services in 2021: planned vs actual

Almost a decade ago, a government document outlined possible public transport service levels in 2021. So how much of it happened?

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transport

Metro Tunnel travel times

I meant to write this back in November: amongst the information published with the Airport rail link announcement was this diagram summarising the indicative journey times: I think there’s a couple of interesting things worth noting here: Airport to City The anticipated travel time from the Airport to City is 27 minutes, which is longer  ... [More]