Five years ago today I posted this video: A Day on the Trains.
The footage for it was gathered over the space of a month or two in the dying days of the Connex Melbourne Empire in late 2009, and it was designed to capture a few scenes I thought might be changing in the coming years.
Obviously some things have changed, others remain the same.
- Liveries: Connex (Metlink) became Metro (Metlink), and then became Metro/PTV
- Metcard is gone, replaced by Myki
- Many of the old CRT screens at stations have been replaced by newer flat screen displays
What else can you spot?
The system has become more busy, with more services on some lines. Punctuality has improved (thanks in part to padded timetables and station skipping), but cancellations haven’t. And transport is just as big an election issue as ever.
PS. I’ve since learnt that the skewing effect of large objects moving rapidly past the camera is called rolling shutter.