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Catching the 8:16

Since Sunday, the Frankston line has officially been connected to the Werribee/Williamstown line – the green line on the rail map. So, let’s go catch a train. Outside some stations, the Smartbus signs can tell you the time and destination of the next trains in each direction. In this case, the next citybound train is  ... [More]

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Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from January 2011

Another of my monthly posts of ten year old photos. Melbourne Central Station – at the time, hybrid Myki/Metcard gates were still mostly in use. …but new Myki gates were starting to be tested. These would never quite live up to the promise of reliability and consistently fast response times, and only a few years  ... [More]

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40 years of the City Loop

Melbourne’s City Loop is four rail tunnels under the CBD, with three stations (Flagstaff, Melbourne Central and Parliament), adding to the two major ground level stations (Flinders Street and Southern Cross). The Loop was designed to distribute train passengers around the city centre more efficiently. The Loop first opened forty years ago. It’s debatable whether  ... [More]

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Train timetables and mathematics

Using Standard Deviation to measure the gaps between trains

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How Melbourne’s off-peak fares will work

As part of its COVID-19 response, the State Government announced in December that they will trial off-peak fares: To make it easier for metropolitan passengers to travel during quieter times and physically distance as Victoria recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, off-peak fares will be discounted for three months. From 31 January 2021, anyone using myki  ... [More]

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Station names vs suburb names

Ideally, station names should match suburb names. (And an opportunity to fix Glen Huntly vs Glenhuntly)

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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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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]