It was Mussolini who famously claimed to have made the trains run on time. Had "Il Duce" actually achieved that and been around in 2012 to run Victoria's Metro train system, he may have been able to make a bit of cash on the side.

In a new twist on the rising popularity of novelty gambling, online betting company Sportsbet.com.au has started taking wagers on Melbourne's trains meeting punctuality and service requirements. Punters can get odds of $1.35 for 88% of Metro's services hitting deadlines in June, the target the company must reach to be considered on time. A similar market is operating for Sydney's CityRail service, which is subject to similar public angst over tardiness and service.