While the Show tickets were individually scanned on entry, we didn’t have our train tickets checked when arriving or departing. And when we left, we had a 10×2 hour ticket that needed validating — but there were no validators there, at all. The staff said to go to Flinders Street and do it there. Instead we did it at Southern Cross while changing trains.
I don’t know whether this is typical of the entire period of the Show, but I’m told people found the same story last year. And with on-train ticket checks so scarce, most people could basically get a free ride to the Show and get away with it undetected. And once-a-year train travellers might buy their tickets, not know they need to also validate them, and never find out.
Of course I’m not saying those who turn up without validated tickets should be wrestled to the ground and fined $167, but at least their tickets should be checked and they should able to buy/validate a ticket if they need to.