Flinders Street Station goes Technicolour

(I'm hoping to blog about the Myki Mobile trial in the next few days, so hold those thoughts) Some time in the last few days, a subtle addition appeared on the platform screens at Flinders Street Station: a countdown to departure. This has been on other displays around the network for decades, but some clever maths was needed to get this working here, as suburban services originate here. So

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Old photos from October 2007

ZOMG, for the first time since I started this series, I forgot to post photos for October 2007 in October. And nobody noticed. Not surprising; I suspect I'm the most amused by these. Here they are. First, here's the classic pic of Flinders Street Station. Basically the same nowadays, but covered in scaffolding for the renovation -- back then there was also no tram platform stop adjacen


Flinders St platform 11 would provide much-needed capacity – alas, they’re building a cafe instead

Regular passengers using Flinders Street Station will have noticed that while the platforms are numbered from 1 to 14, there's no platform 11. It's not a Harry Potter scenario with a hidden platform. There used to be a platform 11, the twin of 10, facing the river, and commonly used by St Kilda and Port Melbourne trains until 1987 when they were converted to tram lines. But its track was remove


Merry Christmas

I don't care if it's the same lot of decorations as last year -- I like 'em. They look rather good at night. And you know what? Their location helps cement Flinders Street Station's cultural importance to our city -- perhaps never moreso than now, with public transport patronage increasing, and rail patronage in particular hitting record highs. We had our family Christmas lunch early --


Daniel’s theory of paving: The better it looks, the slipperier it is.

I reckon the better a paving surface looks, the slipperier it is, particularly in the wet. Asphalt: ugly, but grips well, even in the wet. Tiles (as platforms at Flinders Street station have been converted to, but thankfully not ramps) and blue-stone (increasingly common on CBD streets) look nicer, but are more slippery. And some types of tactiles (bumps, for the vision-impaired) often ar


Flinders Street’s entrance crowding problem

A new Myki-related problem has emerged -- during evening peak, crowds heading into Flinders Street Station's Elizabeth Street entrance back up onto the road. This video shows it (though I'm sure I've seen worse crowds on occasions) It's not entirely down to Myki -- it's a combination of surging passenger numbers, space limitations at that entrance (due to part of the subway being dedicated


The Metro emergency gate that wasn’t

I noted this about a month ago. The idea of an emergency gate in the Elizabeth Street subway at Flinders Street Station seemed like a good one, but it seemed doubtful that the automatic release would include the padlock. So I tweeted: Ok. I have my doubts that this emergency exit *padlock* is automatic, @MetroTrains Care to confirm? And Metro replied: @dan


Flinders Street Christmas decorations, and coming Myki changes

Apparently there were some delays in getting these decorations up, but now they're in place, I do think they look rather splendid, don't you? (Click here to view bigger) Anybody know if this lights up at night? Myki news In today's news, the Herald Sun reports that from January, Myki cards are to be reduced in price to $6 ($3 concession) and the $9.80 refund fee removed, meaning they