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Fishman

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I catch a Ballarat service and I would say almost half of the people on the peak services are using electronic devices of one kind or another - whether its a smartphone tablet, e-book reader or laptop ...

According to The Courier, the government is claiming that patronage on the Ballarat line has dropped by only 35% since the replacement by buses.

I find this figure very hard to believe.  Some of th ...

VLine ticketers are spreading rumours about another rail shutdown in October.  And not only that, but every school holidays for the next 2 years (ie. every 10 weeks).

If that happens I'm afraid its ...

Forgive my ignorance, but why does the track do the big horseshoe at Parwan at all ?

They just spent $200 million realigning a tiny section of road at Anthony's Cutting, surely ironing out the loop ...

Please - what is the nature of the perennial problem of the horseshoe curve bridge?

Ahh, the perennial problem of the horseshoe curve bridge.

I'm no engineer, however I think it stems from too  ...

Fishman maybe your doing something wrong,

Yeah that wouldn't be too bad if one was leaving in the middle of the day ..... leaving in the morning, however (like 8-9am) is a totally different story. ...

Posted 20 Dec 2010 07:36 in Victoria by Fishman

Given the rail upgrades bandied around during the election, I'm suprised the Liberals did not promise this.  Oh thats right, its a safe Nationals seat .... call me a cynic Wink

I caught the coach from Ballarat to Bendigo <snip>

Anyway there were about 10 passengers on the coach  <snip>

And I have no doubt that patronage would would easily triple if not qua ...

Fishman maybe your doing something wrong,

Yeah that wouldn't be too bad if one was leaving in the middle of the day ..... leaving in the morning, however (like 8-9am) is a totally different story. ...

I caught the coach from Ballarat to Bendigo for the first time last week on a weekday to a business appointment, thinking to try it rather than drive based on some of the comments on this forum and to ...

I mean a simple trip such as a weekend trip from Ballarat to Melbourne Zoo (as I recently discovered takes many many hours and involves several train changes).

Methinks you are doing it wrong...


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I'm a bit confused with the timetables, as North Melbourne doesn't appear on weekends.

I can't imagine it would save any real time on the journey, so I'd imagine it is some sort of logistical thing ...

With the Libs/Nats highly likely to win the election (if you agree with the curent news feeds) then what rail projects are likely to get up and delivered?

Remembering the majority of seats won by L ...

Posted 18 Nov 2010 16:54 in Victoria by Fishman

I really hope this goes ahead.  Its been a long time coming and a real no-brainer really.

What I'd like to know, being at Ballarat is with the new Regional Rail Link being finished at about the sam ...

And what century are we in now ?   The population of the state was about a million back then.  We're heading for over 8 million.

Not right now. The only thing we are heading for is a surfeit of m ...

Why does it have to be public money ?  I bet there are at least half a dozen consortiums that would queue up to run the thing.  Brisbane's and Sydney's were both privately funded.  Brisbane's turned a ...

Posted 15 Nov 2010 16:43 in Victoria by Fishman

A major reason why the Democrats are a non-existent force in Australian politics.  

The Greens transport policy is a nice if expensive wishlist at the expense of roads while this is nothing but a c ...

you ahve to ask whether the dreamed-up weirdness is because someone in the Labor, Liberal or Greens machine thought that as people use trains lots in Melbourne, it might work in the sticks...

You m ...

I'm genuinely excited by this proposal and some of the other proposed Lib transport policies.

I know its just a feasibility study but at least it is something.  This proposal would be revolutionary ...

Posted 01 Nov 2010 10:08 in Victoria by Fishman

I have to say I do not know what the ALP is doing. Clunes gets a Rail Service and Doncaster, Templestowe and Rowville have to make do with the bus. Their logic beggars belief.

Not when you look at  ...

Posted 19 Oct 2010 13:24 in Victoria by Fishman

Filling seats for the sake of it has problems.

As several people have mentioned, it is already subsidised.  

While it would seem like a good idea to encourage people (Melburnians) to use the ser ...

Posted 18 Oct 2010 07:39 in Victoria by Fishman

But when is a beggar actually a beggar ?

I was on a Hurstbridge line train and there was a guy going through the carriages asking for spare change.  But he was a dreg, very drunk wearing a hood and ...

Posted 11 Oct 2010 15:38 in Victoria by Fishman

I think a Ballarat Showgrounds station (on the Maryborough line) which is right next to Eureka Stadium would be more likely.

The ideal site for another Bendigo station would be at the junction of t ...

Posted 11 Oct 2010 15:22 in Victoria by Fishman

The fumes seem to have improved at Southern Cross.

I actually find the fumes at Ballarat station to be much worse than Southern Cross these days even though its open at both ends when you get 3 5-8 ...

With all the Seymour trains, I can't understand why a couple of sprinters or a single VLocity couldn't just run back and forth from Seymour to Shepparton.

Connecting like some services do now, of t ...

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