Why the Frankston line should come out of the Loop until 2025

I'm sorry to go all Neville Shunt on you and drone on about railway timetables again, but I'm going to do it anyway. In an ideal metro system, that is a rail network designed to maximise capacity and frequency, one of the key things is to separate the busiest lines so they don't share tracks. Melbourne has been making that transition, but it's time for the next step. With that in mind, l

Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from February 2009

Another in my series of photos from ten years ago. Black Saturday, 7th February 2009. There were dire warnings earlier in the week about the fire risk, though I'm not sure everyone believed them. It was a stinking hot day. The car thermometer at one stage measured 47.5 degrees - here it is showing 47. That night we had dinner wi


Metro tunnel portal plans released

Rail Projects Victoria has released some draft plans for parts of the Metro 1 project. The plans include both portals (where the tunnel connects to the existing aboveground tracks) and the western turnback - a facility to be added at West Footscray station to turnback (terminate and/or originate) train services through the tunnel. Below are some brief notes, but if you want details, you sho


The Myki mobile trial is progressing

Last year the government announced that Myki would be coming to mobile phones. Early testing happened late last year, and last week PTV opened up the trial to up to 4000 participants. The technology allows you to load a "virtual" Myki card onto your Android phone within Google Pay, and use it for travelling on public transport. Apparently there are people out there for whom the holy grail o