Train seat covers

The past week has been a blur and I haven’t had time to post here, so here’s a quick one:

On Wednesday I was on ABC Radio Melbourne, talking about train seat covers.

Why train seat covers? It was inspired by a Reddit post that noticed the Siemens train seats have lots of station names on them, but for some reason, Brunswick is more prominent than others.

Are train seat cover patterns a strategic topic for public transport advocacy? Not really.

But the radio spot was arranged in advance, allowing some thinking time, so a couple of good strategic campaign messages were able to be seamlessly included, without bogging down what was basically a light-hearted discussion. So everybody wins!

Here’s the audio if you want to listen. The segment starts at 1:19:40, but some of the rest of the show has listeners ringing in with stories about trains.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

8 replies on “Train seat covers”

Somerville’s on there too despite being a diesel service. Probably the bigger question is, why do X’Trapolis trains still have Connex seat covers in 2022? Especially when the identical Comeng seats have the newer PTV design while the trains are ending up in the scrapyard.

Good point about Somerville, though at least that’s technically a Metro station!

I suspect the answer on the X’Traps is there are plenty of spare seat covers in stock. It doesn’t make sense to scrap them, given the “Connex” name isn’t that obvious.

A couple of years ago, I was an extra in The Whistleblower (which was shot here in Melbourne) and while filming a scene on a Comeng train (at the Newport Train Yards), the train I was on for the scene had similar fabric, but there was a red variant and a greyish variant.

Could someone please help me. I cannot find St Albans in the list of station names on the seat covers despite looking quite intently at it for some time. Perhaps it is staring me right in the face but it is not obvious. Where is it?

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