Photos from ten years ago, Toxic Custard newsletter

Old photos from August 2008

Here's my monthly post of photos from ten years ago. For a while I was waging war on ghost tram route numbers via this blog post and then this Age article. Numbers like 7 and 9 were pointless because nobody outside a few gunzels knew them. This was tram route 7 to Malvern Depot. In 2011, all the obscure route numbers got renumbered to something people can actually understand. Route 7 f

transport

Melbourne orbital rail proposal

Okay, I didn't see this coming. Orbital rail for the middle ring of Melbourne, announced on Facebook this morning. Labor say they want to build a 90km suburban rail loop from Cheltenham (by which they appear to mean Southland), Clayton, Monash, Glen Waverley, Deakin Burwood, Box Hill, Doncaster, Heidelberg, Latrobe Uni, Reservoir, Fawkner, Broadmeadows, Airport, Sunshine, to Werribee.

Toxic Custard newsletter, transport

Mernda rail extension opens this Sunday

On Sunday I went out to see the Mernda rail extension. The Level Crossing Removal Authority, who built it (well, it does involve new stations and grade separation of an existing disused rail corridor, so it kinda makes sense) ran a community open day, with free shuttle trains between South Morang and Mernda. After catching a regular train to South Morang, I found a big crowd waiting for a sh

transport

Most crowded stations

It's been very busy the last week or two, which is why the blog has been a bit quiet. Apart from the day job, this week I've been to two MTF transport forums (Melbourne, and Glen Eira), and a PTUA committee meeting. There are more MTF forums (fora?) in the coming weeks, and if you're interested in this topic, they're well worth attending. Details here. At the Glen Eira session on Wednesda

Culture, Melbourne, Photos, Toxic Custard newsletter

Don’t be a jerk

I was looking through some old photos, and found these from November 1996. I've scanned them from the negatives. As you can see, they provide some good advice... (Click on either photo to view it larger in Flickr) Things to note here: "Don't be a jerk" is a work by Barbara Kruger, originally from 1984 Some of the well-known CBD skyscrapers are visible in the background, b

driving, transport

The desire to drive, and how we must counter it

I am discovering that there's some powerful psychology going on when you get a new car. Playing into this for me is that my old car was wearing out, and was getting difficult to drive, plus the change from manual to automatic. This means the new car seems like a breeze to drive. The "new car smell" is real, and somehow makes it seem pleasurable to sit in the driver's seat. The extra fe

transport

The rail map circa 2025

Transport For Victoria have quietly put out a map and plan for the rail network for 2025. It's dated June, but I hadn't spotted it before. Well, I say plan... it's only a ten page brochure (eight if you exclude the covers) mostly summarising projects that we already know are fully funded: Metro tunnel (aka Metro 1) High Capacity Metro Trains and high capacity signalling Level crossing re