The hidden message in the train seats

Many of Melbourne’s train seats look like this:

Train seats

Look closely. Those are not all just random shapes designed to hide the dirt.

Anything look familiar?

Rearrange a few of those shapes and you get…

Train seat shapes - not so random

While Metro have got rid of most signs of Connex, somehow I doubt they’ll bother changing all of these over. It’d be a waste of money, since it’s subtle enough that most people don’t even notice it.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
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14 replies on “The hidden message in the train seats”

Roger, actually someone pointed it out to me.

Andrew, most of the plain blue seats (Siemens and Comeng South trains) have been around for 5+ years; I wouldn’t expect those pictured above to be replaced particularly quickly.

How funny! I always like to look at the shapes but I never realized that they spelled something. Is this intentional or just a random coincedience? I like these seats and fabric because they are usually the newest and cleanest to sit on. As I previously mentioned the blue seat fabric on the Seimens trains is disgusting and badly needs changing. I realize that people make a mess and vandalize things sometimes but it should be embarrising to whoever operates the trains to have such dirty and neglected seats for their patrons to sit on. Perhaps some easy to clean vinyl seats like the ones on the W class trams would be a better and longer lasting idea.

Well, the N is a bit like an M and the X is a bit like a T, so if they just sent a few people out with blue and yellow markers to change the C into an R, they could probably get the whole thing done in a couple of days.

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