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Plans for Airport rail (and Geelong line upgrades) announced

So finally there’s a a firm plan for airport rail, thanks to combined State and Federal funding just announced. Age: Melbourne Airport trains will run through the Metro tunnel every 10 minutes Herald Sun: A deal has finally been struck for Victoria’s airport rail link – here’s how it’ll work In summary: Airport trains to […]

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Suburban Rail Loop: station locations confirmed

Yesterday the State government announced funding for early works for the Suburban Rail Loop (SRL). Being a huge project, even early works are pricey – it comes out at $2.2 billion. At the same time, they’ve announced more detail on the station locations for Stage One. This map shows them. So the stations will be […]

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Were there more trains 100 years ago? (Part two)

Continuing from part one… going clockwise the next lines are the yellow ones on the rail map: the Sunbury, Craigieburn and Upfield lines. Sunbury (St Albans) line Until 2002, suburban trains ran to St Albans, with regional trains serving the stations beyond. The line was electrified in 2002 to Watergardens (Sydenham) and then in 2012 […]

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Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from October 2010

It’s the end of the month, so here’s one of my regular posts of ten year old photos. First posted at the time, here’s what happens when a garbage truck breaks down. The big thing in transport in October 2010 was the launch of the new “DART” (Doncaster Area Rapid Transit, thankfully a name that […]

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New Mentone and Cheltenham stations

Last the weekend I got to take a quick look at the recently opened new stations at Mentone (opened 20th July) and Cheltenham (opened 16th August). Previously they’d been outside my 5km radius, but that recently lifted to 25km. Click any of these photos to view them larger. Mentone The train line goes under Balcombe […]

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Were there more trains 100 years ago? (Part one)

Melbourne’s suburban train system was originally steam operated, but was converted to electricity in the 1910s and 1920s. By about 1930 most of the network we know today was in place. My friend Andrew leant me a copy of the suburban 1924 timetable. I’ve also got a PDF of the 1974 timetable. So let’s compare […]

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When is a No Through Road not a No Through Road?

When is a No Through Road sometimes not a No Through Road? When you’re not driving. It’s common to see this signage around the place, but it’s misleading because it often only applies to vehicle access. There are a lot of cases where pedestrian and cyclist access is provided at the end of the street, […]

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How COVID hit PT around Australia

I was wondering if there was any data on how public transport patronage around Australia had fallen COVID-19 took hold, and how it has recovered in different cities. It turns out most jurisdictions provide month-by-month or even week-by-week patronage data. Here’s how 2020 patronage compares as a percentage of 2019 patronage: Some observations: All these […]

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Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from September 2010

Is it the end of the month already? Here’s another of my monthly posts of photos from ten years ago… and this time they’re pretty much all transport-related. As usual, click the photos to see them larger in Flickr. The top of Swanston Street – the Barak Building is yet to be constructed, and the […]

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December train timetable shake-up

Remember the talk, almost a year ago now, of a shake-up to train timetables, prompted by the introduction of the new trains? These changes are now expected to take effect in mid-December. Along the way, there have been some tweaks to the plan, but from what I’m hearing, there’s still a fair bit in it: […]