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Do Melbourne’s new trains have fewer seats?

Seems like we’re now stuck with the rather dull term HCMT (High Capacity Metro Train) for the new train fleet to run initially on the Cranbourne/Pakenham line. The first train was out and and about taking passengers just after Christmas (for one return trip), but more are expected to be running when the new timetable  ... [More]

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Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from December 2010

Time to wrap up the year with a post of ten year old photos: December 2010. I couldn’t find very many of interest this time, so it’ll be quick. First, here is one of those posters to try and convince people to pay attention and not get caught out by the shortcomings of the public  ... [More]

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transport

New stations: Coburg and Moreland

I dropped past the new Coburg and Moreland stations last week. They only just opened, and there’s still a lot of construction work going on, but here are a few pictures. The project removes four level crossings, and it’s skyrail with two rebuilt stations. Unlike previous skyrail stations, both have side platforms rather than island  ... [More]

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Victoria’s Parkway stations

Along some of the main freeways coming into Melbourne, you’ll spot signage for Parkway stations. Ballan, Bacchus Marsh, Wallan, Lara all have the signs. Possibly others, I’m not sure. This now outmoded branding originated with the Regional Fast Rail project. Regional Fast Rail project Back in the mid-2000s, the Victorian government was revamping V/Line, via  ... [More]

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transport

One station added, one station removed

A little bit more on level crossings. Since I posted the update, I’ve received some useful corrections, which I’ve applied to the list. But last week there was an interesting update on some of them. Pakenham line to be extended The Pakenham crossings will be skyrail – we already knew that. But there’s an interesting  ... [More]

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New train timetables confirmed for January

Remember a few months ago when I wrote about the next big train timetable change? That was originally expected in December, but got postponed due to delays completing works on the Ballarat line. Today the State Government has announced the change will happen on 31st January, and naturally being an official release (instead of info  ... [More]

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Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from November 2010

Here we go again – another post of photos from ten years ago. Siemens train carriages have never had enough handholds. …The photo below shows the layout from 2015 onwards: the removal of some seats near the doors and addition of more bars helped a bit, but along most of the carriage there’s still not  ... [More]

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Level crossing update 2020

We’re midway through the state government’s 2018-2022 term, so I thought I’d do an update of the Level Crossing Removal Program status, following on from previous versions in 2014, 2017 and 2018. Like previous lists, this one is derived from a 2008 ALCAM (Australian Level Crossing Assessment Model) study of all level crossings in Victoria  ... [More]

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Home life transport

Politics and couches

Just a quick post while I work on some more substantive content. State Budget Victoria’s State Budget, normally in May but much delayed due to COVID-19, was on Tuesday. Most of the big ticket public transport investment (Airport Rail, Geelong upgrade, and a huge early works package on the Suburban Rail Loop) had already been  ... [More]

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Plans for Airport rail (and Geelong line upgrades) announced

So finally there’s a a firm plan for airport rail, thanks to combined State and Federal funding just announced. Age: Melbourne Airport trains will run through the Metro tunnel every 10 minutes Herald Sun: A deal has finally been struck for Victoria’s airport rail link – here’s how it’ll work In summary: Airport trains to  ... [More]