Topic archives: trains

Legally Binding: people who eat hot chips on public transport must be brought to justice

December 4, 2017 8

Eating hot chips on the train is a serious breach of etiquette, as writer, broadcaster and legal expert Lorin Clarke explains in this amendment to the Social Contract.

The one election promise we’d love to see Abbott break

The one election promise we’d love to see Abbott break

March 9, 2015 5

Tony Abbott could win a lot of votes with a small outlay if he switched his focus from roads to public transport, writes urban strategy expert Vivienne Skinner.

Andrews says full steam ahead for Melbourne Metro — but is it all hot air?

Andrews says full steam ahead for Melbourne Metro — but is it all hot air?

February 17, 2015

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews faces several key challenges before his promised Melbourne Metro rail tunnel comes to fruition.

What would it take to build a tram network the size of Melbourne’s?

What would it take to build a tram network the size of Melbourne’s?

January 6, 2015

Melbourne is fortunate it inherited the largest tram network in the world, because building something like it today -- say in a city such as Sydney -- would be extraordinarily expensive and difficult.

The hidden justification for East West Link that no one will talk about

The hidden justification for East West Link that no one will talk about

October 8, 2014 8

The Victorian government’s commitment to East West Link owes as much to the location of its proposed new port as it does to congestion on Melbourne’s roads, writes freelance journalist Max Berry.

Follow Friday: @tempus_fukit, riding the rails and writing beautifully

Follow Friday: @tempus_fukit, riding the rails and writing beautifully

February 14, 2014 4

British journalist Joseph Woby is one of the best long-form writers around, as he risks his life to tell stories from the road.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

September 24, 2013 5

Who's next in line for Pacific Mags gig ... MMP cuts freelancer rate ... test your climate knowledge ...

Sportsbet derails betting on trains, after Metro demands cancellation

June 14, 2012 1

Online betting agency Sportsbet.com.au has stopped offering odds and refunded all bets on the punctuality of Melbourne's trains, after the private trains operator demanded the market be removed due to concerns over "public safety".

Inequality diminishes trust in any society

June 14, 2012

Crikey readers have their say.

Spotting the train lovers in Poland

Spotting the train lovers in Poland

March 17, 2011

Wolsztyn, Poland remains one of the most famous cities in the world for trainspotters, thanks to its regular commuter train service pulled by steam trains. Jay Martin went to meet the train fanatics.

Train whistle blowin’

Train whistle blowin’

October 14, 2010

The Wild West of Colorado wasn’t exactly what Amber Jamieson expected. She took a ride on the tourist train that helped to transform a Rocky Mountains town, with McMansions on one side of the tracks and trailers on the other.

Have the Greens gone off the rails?

April 27, 2010

Senator Bob Brown’s call for a new study on a very fast train between Melbourne-Canberra-Sydney risks provoking some fierce green negativity, since trains are powered by fossil carbon releasing coal fired power stations, writes Ben Sandilands.

Why trains are superior to planes

April 22, 2010

Thanks to the Eyjafjallajökull shambles, other travellers are starting to learn what Ed Gillespie has known for years: travelling overland is not just good for your eco-geek credentials. It's also a lovely way to recapture the romance of travel.

Sydney/Melbourne by plane or bust: Airbus vision kills the fast train

November 5, 2009 54

The notion of a Very Fast Train for the Melbourne-Sydney corridor has been shot down by new plans from Airbus to fly Very Large Planes between the two cities, because the entire cost, and risk, is funded by the privately owned airlines and airports.

We need new fast trains … fast.

October 28, 2009 26

We are all to blame with our pathetic mimicking of the American arrogant entitlement to drive anywhere we want. But fast rail lines, like those seen in Spain, are exactly what Australia's public transport system needs.

Will Connex lose control of Victoria’s trains?

June 25, 2009

The company currently running Melbourne's train network is tipped to lose the contract to Keolis, a French transport group that's partly owned by SNCF.

Train through Cézanne country

May 14, 2009

In the vineyards of Aix-in-Provence, captured famously by Cézanne, residents are invoking the name of their most famous citizen to protest against a planned high speed railway through the region.