Huge graffiti spree derails V/Line train

 

News article: Huge graffiti spree derails V/Line train

GRAFFITI vandals have wrecked a V/Line train carriage, spraying a huge 25m mural that will cost thousands of dollars to scrub off.

  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
GRAFFITI vandals have wrecked a V/Line train carriage, spraying a huge 25m mural that will cost thousands of dollars to scrub off.



Police are investigating the brazen graffiti attack on Tuesday night at Albury station, where the V/Line train was parked before travelling to Melbourne on Wednesday.

V/Line chief Theo Taifalos lashed the “bored and witless people” responsible for painting the entire carriage blue and covering it with a red tag, part of which said “Rumba”.

The train was driven to Melbourne on its usual 6.35am run and then taken for cleaning.
Huge graffiti spree derails V/Line train


Could this be linked in any way to the Melbourne vandals and the Hitachi incident? Let us hope not.

Either way, unacceptable.

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  mickamious Junior Train Controller

What nutcases seriously.. WHAT dickheads
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
I find that the media just fuel the vandals case of fame, by describing or showing footage of the "scribble" to the public
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
The railway station has security so what happened ?
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
The railway station has security so what happened ?
freightgate

It says this happened at night, so perhaps security wasn't around?
  usedtobered Locomotive Fireman

I can never understand why judges /magistrates don't give these offenders a stint at cleaning graffiti as a sentence, instead of a fine or suspended sentence etc. Don't make it easy either, they have to do it with scrubbing brushes and rags.
Usedtobered.
  shteve Beginner

Perhaps after the tag (Rumba) the words "has a small appendage" should been added to the carriage so that "rumba" received all the exposure and more that they were seeking through this tag!
  gmanning1 Locomotive Driver

Location: Sydney
I find that the media just fuel the vandals case of fame, by describing or showing footage of the "scribble" to the public
Nightfire

This was exactly my thought as well. Absolutely ridiculous. Unless they have charged someone it should stay out of the media.
  X Class Locomotive Driver

If the offenders are caught, the repair bill should be sent them.  If found to be minors, I'm sure their parents would be thrilled to cover the repair costs of their children's hobby.
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
It says this happened at night, so perhaps security wasn't around?
railblogger

Wouldn't night time have been when security was most required? If security was employed, then they did not do the job they were paid for.
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
Thread heading states **derailsV/Line train** but no train left the rails so no derailment. Service disruption while carriages out of service for cleaning but the cars did not leave the rails.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
This was exactly my thought as well. Absolutely ridiculous. Unless they have charged someone it should stay out of the media.
gmanning1

The Herald Sun has this colour picture of the vandalised carriage, showing the vandals handy work off to the (HS) reading public.

The vandals would of been thrilled !!
  gmanning1 Locomotive Driver

Location: Sydney
The Herald Sun has this colour picture of the vandalised carriage, showing the vandals handy work off to the (HS) reading public.

The vandals would of been thrilled !!
Nightfire

Vandals Hi five..

Taxpayers shake heads wearily..
  comtrain Chief Commissioner

Location: Near Albury Wodonga
Wouldn't night time have been when security was most required? If security was employed, then they did not do the job they were paid for.
TheBlacksmith

I believe the Train sits closest the car park and is bathed in bright light from both platform and said car park. My neighbor a retired Albury Cop tells me they drive through the car park at odd times but at least 8 times a night. They suspect that by using a lookout and mobile phones they avoid the Police. How long does it take to stencil and then fill in with colour 25m of train?    The graffiti pages on google say 30 minutes Sad
Last time this happened it was over Easter as well and was blamed on a Sydney Gang who did a lot of damage in Melbourne and hit Wodonga on the way home
Cheers
Rod
  comtrain Chief Commissioner

Location: Near Albury Wodonga
The Herald Sun has this colour picture of the vandalised carriage, showing the vandals handy work off to the (HS) reading public.

The vandals would of been thrilled !!
Nightfire

As far as I know the Border Mail followed the guide lines and did not show the carriage. Once before they showed the carriage but blurred out the graffiti  so you could not "admire" it only understand the extent of the damage
Rod
  woodford Chief Commissioner

Reading about actions like this is always distressing but.........................

There's effectively no security at Albury station, the train being stabled in the dock platform, the station having no lockable fencing. While the area is well lit one can see the train with no difficulty from the freeway, so it is simple for anyone passing to get access. There was talk about a security compound but this was not built.

This is now at least the second attack on the train, while I am well aware a lot on this site disagree with me on this, VLine has to except a good portion of the blame for these incidents for allowing people so easy in access (the station does not even have a lockable fence around it). In rural areas it has been well known for a lllllllllllooooooooonnnnnnnnngggggggg time that one simple does NOT leave anything insite of a major road as it will quickly be pinched or vandalised UNLESS one has a constant human presence.

As far as I am concerned VLine and the NSW railways need to seriously think about the previously mentioned compound, while a decent fence will not stop everyone, it will stop a good percentage by making it significant work to get access. They also should consider siting such a compound out of site of the freeway.

woodford
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
The obvious first step solution would be to security fence and gate off the whole train pit area, along with Installing plenty of security cameras set up with Infrared lasers.

The ultimate solution would be to build a carriage shed over the run around track (or another part of the yard) and put away the train to bed every night (out of sight out of mind)
  Rodo Chief Commissioner

Location: Southern Riverina
The obvious first step solution would be to security fence and gate off the whole train pit area, along with Installing plenty of security cameras set up with Infrared lasers.

The ultimate solution would be to build a carriage shed over the run around track (or another part of the yard) and put away the train to bed every night (out of sight out of mind)
Nightfire

Cleaning off the graffiti would be cheaper and less disruptive for train operation.

A little more awareness and closer watching should keep these useless prawns away. it appears not to be the work of locals who have better things to do.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Cleaning off the graffiti would be cheaper and less disruptive for train operation.
Rodo

I think the train staff should (If they had the time) defaced the tag with like low quality water based paint or applied a sticky white film, covering up the tag.
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
I think the train staff should (If they had the time) defaced the tag with like low quality water based paint or applied a sticky white film, covering up the tag.
Nightfire

I understand this is what the operators of the AK Track Recording Cars do if they're defaced as they travel the country. They just spray silver paint over the top - paint is going to have to be cleaned off, may as well match the train!
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Wouldn't night time have been when security was most required? If security was employed, then they did not do the job they were paid for.
TheBlacksmith

I was think late at night (1am, 2am, 3am etc).
  Braddo Deputy Commissioner

Location: Narre Warren
I think the train staff should (If they had the time) defaced the tag with like low quality water based paint or applied a sticky white film, covering up the tag.

QR apply stickers that say "QR SAYS NO TO GRAFFITI" all over the "artwork".
  comtrain Chief Commissioner

Location: Near Albury Wodonga
The obvious first step solution would be to security fence and gate off the whole train pit area, along with Installing plenty of security cameras set up with Infrared lasers.

The ultimate solution would be to build a carriage shed over the run around track (or another part of the yard) and put away the train to bed every night (out of sight out of mind)
Nightfire

oooooow!!   Lasers!!  Now I like that. Blow their stupid heads off and not even mess the concrete up with all that red stuff.  That would certainly fix them Ha Ha! (But seriously your idea has merit)
Interestingly, the land between the passing tracks on the main line and the fence along the Freeway is being set up as a Railway Preservation group and trains have already been negotiated to be housed there. Serious fund raising for Security fencing is underway and no rolling stock will move in without the fencing.   I was thinking of the long extension South of the dock road and wondered if it was long enough for a train? Would that be suitable for a secure fenced off area?
Cheers
Rod

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