I was one of the Train Officers on board for this trip and would like to make a few comments about what happened yesterday.
Firstly to the person who said it was just paint it actually did go a little bit beyond that. In the Clifton Hill attack the wastes of human skin pulled the air taps on the back of the train disabling the brakes, this caused the train to be held up and provide them time to paint. On the Essendon attack they had a key and entered the drivers cab (Like to know how they got it) and could have potentially caused god knows what, both of these actions put the train and it's passengers at risk.
I would also like to say that the abuse the Train Officers copped on the day was beyond unacceptable and hopefully something I never have experience again, I personally was spat in the face at Southern Cross and had to use all of my restraint not to kick the everloving crap out of the guy (however I did forcefully make him exit the train). We had other volunteers have to physically pull people back into the train who were leaning out the windows vandalizing the side of the train with Textas. And also in that incident several vile stink bombs were hurled through the windows of the cars as well.
The Elecrail volunteers are not trained crowd controllers, police, PSO's or AO's and frankly given the extraordinarily tough conditions we were forced to endure yesterday I thought we handled it pretty well.
Also the people who were handed over to the authorities at Clifton Hill were part of the same group that attacked us in such a vile manner later on in the day (Ain't justice grand!).
One last point, to the people who bought eggs, flour etc.... that was an extremely foolish move and actually escalated the situation to the point that the thugs started throwing rocks. Grow up and think about what you are doing next time.
To the vandals I say this. I'm sure your parents are so proud of you.