Making your argument count

“That is right, 38 new trains, pity they are only 3 carriages long instead of 6 like our current trains. I guess that means we paid double.” — Comment on the Herald Sun web site

Seriously, where do people get these ideas? It’s complete garbage.

“Thirty eight X’Trapolis six-car sets will be rolled-out from late 2009 to 2011.” — Department of Transport web site

See, I’m all for bagging when it’s deserved, but this is just making stuff up. Where does that get you?

In any argument, it’s pointless coming out with some BS like that. If you want your view to be accepted, if you want your criticism to sting, don’t fire blanks — make sure you’re using live ammunition.

Research the facts, find out what’s actually true, that you can provide evidence for, and use that.

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8 Replies to “Making your argument count”

  1. Scott of Melb also said that they don’t work on our rails! I suppose to be slightly fair, trains and sets are very defined terms for operators and those with an interest. General public would not know this. Unfortunately half the people who read the comment will take it as gospel.

  2. Just had a thought, (I now why tax my brain) but normally when you buy a train set it comes with tracks. Where are the new tracks with all these 38 new tarins ?

  3. New stabling (storage) for them is included in the budget. There’s enough track capacity on most of the network to fit them to run extra services.

  4. Yes I know. On my line there are lots of problems past Greenborough due to the single line. And lots of arguments at Eltham about were to stable trains at night so they are ready for the morning peek. I have heard of packed trains on the line, but I catch early trains at Wastonia and never have a problem getting a seat.

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