AFL opener at the MCG had a big crowd: 88,084 people. Here’s a quick timeline of the immediate period after the game, and the trains to the northeast. 21:54. Game finishes as scheduled 21:54. Scheduled regular service from Jolimont to Hurstbridge line (Heidelberg) Given the match was a draw, there’s a good chance that very ... [More]
Dandenong line debacle
After almost a month of major works, including bus replacements for trains between the City and Dandenong and Moorabbin, trains returned to the Frankston and Dandenong (Cranbourne/Pakenham) lines on Saturday 28th January. The works included rationalisation of the junction at Caulfield, points installed near the Metro tunnel eastern portal in South Yarra, and a lot ... [More]
Southland station patronage
In less than five years, Southland has become the 7th busiest station on the Frankston line
Station shelter: mind the gaps
Am I miscounting? Is there really only one station with all-over platform shelter?
I’m not sure why it’s taken so long to get back to this, but here’s the third post comparing old (1924 and 1974) vs current train timetables. Parts one and two covered the western and northwestern lines. Going clockwise the next lines are the red ones on the rail map: the Mernda and Hurstbridge lines. ... [More]
Train punctuality around Australia
A remark on social media inspired this: a quick comparison of suburban train punctuality in Australia. We have suburban rail networks in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, and all of them publish monthly punctuality data. So here’s a quick graph comparing them since January last year: Some caveats: Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide consider “on-time” ... [More]
December train timetable shake-up
Remember the talk, almost a year ago now, of a shake-up to train timetables, prompted by the introduction of the new trains? These changes are now expected to take effect in mid-December, following on from minor adjustments made in July. Along the way, there have been some tweaks to the plan, but from what I’m ... [More]
I’m sorry to go all Neville Shunt on you and drone on about railway timetables again, but I’m going to do it anyway. In an ideal metro system, that is a rail network designed to maximise capacity and frequency, one of the key things is to separate the busiest lines so they don’t share tracks. ... [More]
(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 ... [More]
How long is a railway station platform?
Last Monday’s meltdown soured the return of trains after upgrades on the Dandenong and Frankston lines – which included works for the Metro tunnel, and also power upgrades and extensions to some platforms. So, how long is a railway station platform? Generally, as long as the trains that serve it, plus a bit for spare. ... [More]