It occured to me that a lot is going to change in public transport in the next few months. Connex is on the way out, to be replaced by MTM trading as Metro. Metcard will be phased out in favour of Myki. And right across the network, there are infrastructure projects going on.
So I decided to capture some of the here and now, at least on the trains. Here’s how 350,000 or so people will spend at least part of their day today.
There’s a zillion train videos on YouTube. At least in part, I was trying to capture something different — not just trains going by, but what’s seen by the passengers.
It’s not intended to be exhaustive. The footage was captured on my travels over the last couple of months, which the eagle-eyed will notice is pretty much confined to the southeast (at least on weekdays, which is when this was all shot).
The timestamps are accurate — which is why some parts of the day are missing. I’m rarely up and out early, which is why there’s nothing before 8am.
The footage was all captured on my Nokia N95 phone camera. It’s not a terrible camera, but neither is it a proper video camera. There are noticeable glitches, particularly when a large object goes past fast horizontally — the trains don’t really skew like that as they go by. (Though arguably that looks quite cool.)
Will be interesting to see what this all looks like in a few years. No doubt some the same, some different.