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Australia’s tiny timezone

Here’s something I learnt yesterday: There’s a small town called Eucla, WA, near the SA border. Population: 53. Get this: It has its own timezone, which is halfway between Perth and Adelaide time. The timezone abbreviation is ACWST, though it’s usually called Eucla Time. It’s shared with a handful of other nearby small towns. It’s […]

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transport

What does the COVID roadmap mean for PT?

The Victorian Government has released its roadmap out of COVID-19 restrictions. I’ve been pondering what this means for travel demand and public transport in Melbourne, and activity in the CBD, which largely drives PT patronage. The steps in the roadmap (*which are mostly subject to case numbers) start from Sunday night. 1st Step (14th September) […]

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Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from August 2010

It’s the end of the month again, so time to post more ten year old photos. I evidently went for a walk across the Latrobe Street bridge north of Southern Cross station, snapping these photos of V/Line stabling and facilities. As noted last month, Metro was using platform staff with despatch paddles on some CBD […]

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transport

PMs as trains and trams

Last week Gareth Dennis posted this superb and hilarious thread of British PMs as locomotives. It’s very funny, even if (like me) you’re not much of a Brit trainspotter. A friend asked me to do an Australian version. Initially I said I wasn’t sure if there were enough Australian trains to match the multitude of […]

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Health

25 hours in isolation

When I last wrote about COVID-19, it was just before we went into Level 4 restrictions in Melbourne. Level 4 has been harder. While I’m not affected in a financial sense, the further closure of businesses is causing stress for people. There are now severe limits on leaving the house: once per day per household […]

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transport

With a little help, trams can be as fast as cars

Here’s a quick tram video for you. It’s only a couple of minutes long. There’s no sound. It was recorded last month on a Sunday afternoon on St Kilda Road and Brighton Road. (There are a few edits – check the dashcam timestamp if you can’t spot the cuts.) What we’re seeing here is how […]

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Friends and loved ones Home life

The new empty-nester

This is one of those posts like I used to do, with life events and observations. Little or no transport content here, so if that’s what you’re here for, you can skip this post. We moved into my current house back in 2005. It was what I could afford at the time. I prioritised position […]

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transport

PT Night cuts: they’ve got it completely backwards

The people who have to travel during curfew are ensuring our hospitals can care for the sick, and that our food supplies aren’t disrupted.

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Health

Some thoughts on COVID

I tweeted these thoughts out earlier, and thought I’d post them here too. Some thoughts on Melbourne’s COVID crisis, just over halfway through the 6-week lockdown (likely to be extended) The daily numbers are an essential quick summary view of how it’s going, but sometimes agonising. There’s collective relief when they drop, but anguish and […]

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Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from July 2010

It’s the end of the month, so time for another in my long-running series of old photos from ten years ago. The afternoon sun hits a Comeng train at the old Bentleigh station. This was about 8 months after Metro had taken over from Connex. Note the old colours on the train, with logos covered […]