This is a photo of me, taking a photo of a remote coach stop at Kaarimba in northern Victoria.
Because advocacy is messaging. And messaging sometimes needs pictures.
And next time I need a photo of a remote coach stop, I’ll have one.
People often forget that V/Line has quite an extensive coach network, reaching many towns that may have had rail services in the past, but no longer do, and also reaching places that never did, and enabling cross-country trips.
The services are generally timed to connect with rail services, but are not usually very frequent – perhaps only once or twice a day in many cases – but can still be a lifeline for local communities.
I’ll write about the short weekend getaway to Echuca later – yes it was by car due to planned detours/stops along the way.
I noticed a V/Line coach heading along this road up to Barmah from Shepparton, when there’s none scheduled. As almost visible on this slightly crooked still from the dash cam, it said “Shepparton” on the front.
Could it be… dead running? Where a vehicle runs without passengers to get into position to run a service?
In this case it may have been running from a depot or a previous run in Shepparton to Barmah (about 62 km) to run the 11:37 service back again.
Preferably you don’t want too much dead running, especially over long distances. If it has to happen, ideally it’s done in service, so passengers can use it. Notably Yarra Trams runs most of their trams to and from depots in service.
Perhaps this coach doesn’t always come from Shepparton. Or perhaps the timing is too tight to reliably take passengers.
But if not, it might as well be in the timetable and available to passengers.