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Twilight Zone? [19 Feb 2007|11:33pm]

[ mood | bored ]

More probably numerology gone wrong...

On Feb 19th, 1934, W3 class tram 666 entered service.

On Feb 19th, 1958, Harris carriage 666T entered service.

As 666 refers to one less than perfect (perfect being 777), one wonders what became of them.

source: vicsig.net


pointless post, but hey, what the heck


[16 Sep 2005|03:40pm]

And surprise, surprise...DavidB has an answer for everything...

From: DavidB
To: tastigr
Posted: Fri Sep 16, 2005 3:15 pm
Subject: Re: Derwent Valley Railway crisis
Actually there are guidelines on submitting news.




Take that? OK...

Take this...

From: tastigr
To: DavidB
Posted: Fri Sep 16, 2005 3:38 pm
Subject: Re: Derwent Valley Railway crisis
I draw your attention to what is actually on the page "Submit News"

'Submit News

Please write your article/story filling in the following form and double check your submission.
You're advised that not all submissions will be posted.
Your submission will be checked for proper grammar and may be edited by Railpage Australia™™ Administration."

Now, your reference is to something buried in a forum, dated January 21, 2005.

Admittedly, what you say is perfectly reasonable, with the following exception. You are assume that someone who is submitting the news would be checking every forum on the site, and would be aware of your preferences for articles. I, like many of your readers, are not such a person. I only read that which interests me.

Looking at what is actually on the submission page, wouldn't a link to your forum page be more appropriate? Would it take that much more of your precious time to add

"For guidelines on submitting articles, please read http://www.railpage.com.au/f-p208913.htm first. Articles not complying with these guidelines will not be published."

Now, if that was there, I would have checked it first. If I had done so, I would have had no hesitation to submit it according to what is required. I would not have wasted your precious time and annoyed you in such a manner. I would be more than happy to publically undertake an acknowledgement of my misdoing, and in saying 'mea culpa', fully atone for my sin of omission. There is, though, no reference to your guidelines on your submission page. I have no reason to be sorry for not following them.

I did provide for you the URL to the appropriate page on The Mercury website. I note you have not altered the article, nor acknowledged the by-line other than sourcing it. Cut and paste takes such a long time...if I knew that is all that was required, I would have done so, and hardly bothered you.

So, for the sake of creating unnecessary angst, and in trying to promote good will that encourages people to bring to the wider rail community articles of interest, wouldn't it be better for you to include a link to the guidelines on your submission page? Surely, common sense and basic courtesy can be followed.

[16 Sep 2005|02:55pm]

Having read today's Mercury on line regarding the crisis of the DVR, I thoguht that would be something others may actually be interested in knowing about.
I decided, foolishly, to look at RailPage to see if there was a corresponding entry. There wasn't.

Having waited for over 5 minutes for the server to respond, I quickly made reference to it, and posted in the URL box of the php form the URL. I have work to do, and re-editing material that is already sufficiently presented is not something that I felt the necessity to undertake. The link was there- surely it is relying on the intelligence of sane people to click and look if they wish.

Apparently not so on Railpage. DavidB was not impressed, and subsequently decided to inform me of his displeasure. I have wasted another 10 minutes of my office time waiting for the server to respond so I could inform him of mine.

For your entertainment, the private messages are made public. If Railpage runs true to form, I should receive a 'strike' for this. For goodness' sake, are they really that anally retentive that anyone not knowing what they are thinking are sub-human and need to be chastised?

The comment that he found annoying?

"Don't hold your breath waiting for the Tas Govt to act"

Sorry...must be too much of a political statement.

Even making a statement in the lounge about City Link earned me the tirade of some self-opinionated pup in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne.

Get a life, Railpage, and inparticular, get a life, DavidB.

From: DavidB
To: tastigr
Posted: Fri Sep 16, 2005 2:11 pm
Subject: Re: Derwent Valley Railway crisis
If you are going to submit news, please write it up as "news" rather than commentary. It makes more work for the admins to have to go to the newspaper web site and turn it into a real news article.


From: tastigr
To: DavidB
Posted: Fri Sep 16, 2005 2:41 pm
Subject: Re: Derwent Valley Railway crisis
One of the things that I would have thought was actually helpful was to trade on the good will of your participants. Your comments such as this are not helpful or encouraging, and makes me begin to understand why Railpage Australia™ seems to have a very dark reputation amongst people who are casually or dedicated followers of rail.

It toook over 5 minutes for the server to respond to even post what I did, and accordingly, I understand your concerns about having your time being wasted. It has taken 3 minutes to even get this to appear.

Rather than presenting yourself in a very negative way, how about a "thank you for bringing this to our attention" and "I acknowledge there are no guidelines visible on our website for submitting articles, but the operators would prefer the following presentation".

Surely, such positive encouraging of people would be better than the negative and dismissive response that I received.

New Fare Evasion campaign starts [28 Jun 2005|05:47pm]

[ mood | blank ]

Metlink gets nasty


Does this new campaign involve more of them hunting in packs? I still laugh at the comment made by a wonderful interstate friend that they do, and they're probably looking for food, only to see them leave Pascoe Vale down platform and move as a group into the Boom Gates Pizza café.
They certainly didn't look like they needed a feed.

So, will the Met take responsibility for any child poisoned by people who fail to see the sarcasm in this ad and actually use the urinal puc as pot pouri?

the article?

The Age, online (may need logging in)
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Trans-Siberia [21 Jun 2005|05:36pm]

This is the trip that I'd dearly love to make on my Long Service Leave next year.

An ABC reporter is currently doing the trip and sending 'post cards' from the trip back to "auntie".



GE ecomagination website [04 Jun 2005|11:17am]

This is interesting...GE's advertising for its new range of hybrid locos.
The principle is not new- storing dynamic energy from braking for use in the loco at another time. The claim is upto 2000hp available from stored energy.

Could this mean an end to the dreadful ALCo plume, or the gurgled smoke of EEs across the world?


Click Transportation Rail.

Aircraft also interesting.
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Ode to Meh [23 Jan 2005|09:20pm]

Overhead, underground, gunzelling free
the gunzel from Glenroy, common aint he
taking good photos of trains that he finds
foaming about railways and trams of all kinds

Aetearoa [20 Oct 2004|10:47pm]

[ mood | blah ]

A few pics from rail can be found at




MOTAT 1 at Auckland was a bit disappointing, with most of the stock moved to MOTAT 2, and only open occasionally on selected Saturdays. Mind you, the aviation display at MOTAT 2 was certainly worth the visit, and only helped to encourage an interest in things in the air... The dual gauge tramline was interesting. This is because Wellington trams were 4' gauge, and the rest, like us, 4' 8.5"

The TranzAlpine, as always, proved to be enjoyable, and having done the trip 3 times now, knowledge on where to take photos, and stake your position on the viewing deck helps. The train was a modest consist. On leaving Christchurch on the TranzCoastal, I noted that the Alpine was made up to a 15 consist with 3 DCs. Very impressive.

The Coastal was a good trip up to Picton. I know the scenery is spectacular, but very similar to that which I grew up with in Tasmania. It was hard to get on the viewing deck due to a primary school excursion occupying the penultimate carriage...treading on munchkins can be messy. Coming back, I was in old stock with pressure vents. Being behind the DX was no fun. The fumes for over 5 hours was very hard to take.

The Overlander was a joy. Although the trip was in inclement weather, making viewing of volcanos and the like difficult, the train was certainly worth the 12 hours on it. Two major stops- Palmerston North, where the DC was changed to a 30 class electric. One of the fellow passengers, from Canada, had a cab pass. His pics and comments were worth while. Another stop, 8 hours later, was at Hamilton, where the 30 class was changed for a DC.

Coming into Auckland, a disappointing occurrence. The train was hit by a projectile. The impact moved the carriage sideways, and a window was shattered. Glass slithers unfortunately went into a girl's eyes. Talking with Frank, the train manager on the Northerner the next night, investigation by police was able to rule out a bullet, but they strongly suspected the train was shot at. Like Melbourne, there is a spate of rocks being projected at the Northerner and Overlander. The police were not ruling out some sort of assisted projection for the rock at our carriage. Our speed was about 80 km/h on impact.

Coming back to Wellington on the Northerner was an experience. After the previous day on the Overlander was fun, but in a short consist of two carriages. This was a train of 8. Getting out of Britomart Station complex, a very impressive, modern terminal opened recently, was undertaken by the train manager, Frank, sitting in the observation car, and calling the signals as we reversed back onto a wye. Once at a certain point, the driver was given permission to proceed to Hamilton.

Constantly, the train management, both Frank and the crew change at National Park insisted that people stay in their seats if they were getting off at points other than Wellington. This enabled them to be woken 10 minutes prior. Of course, this didn't happen. The louts in the observation cars, with their blonde bimbos, all going to Palmerston North, almost missed their station, and were abusive to the staff for not waking them. The retort from the manager was great. To one of the blonde bimbos, she said "You give blondes a bad name, and as a blonde of some standing, I'm not going to listen to you. Go on, get off!"

The same manager also told us that "I would tell you about the features of Wellington, but as it is so foggy, and we can't see anything, that would be a waste of time. I assure, Wellington is there, and for those continuing on the InterIslander service, the Arahura does know how to dock in bad weather. May I suggest to people staying on in Wellington some alternate indoor activities..."

The staff on all trains were very good. The return journey to Christchurch on the Coastal I have already mentioned. Not a bad 10 days, but as I said, not that I went there for trains!


Age Sequicentenary [20 Aug 2004|02:43pm]

[ mood | Don't fall from the sky! ]

Some interesting pictures regarding Vic trains buried in the "Snap shot archive" prepared as part of "The Age" 150th anniversary.
Featured- cable trams, FSS, the buiding of the underground loop (and disaster), two head-ons on the Geelong line, The Spirit, first L class to Warragul, and quite a bit more.
There is also some pictures of winged things for the aviation foamers.
An article on the development of rail is also interesting, especially the efforts made by Robert Menzies to curb the threat posed by the Ansett brothers.

Worth a look.


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Bairnsdale - SSS 1305 service Monday June 14 [14 Jun 2004|06:19pm]

[ mood | listless ]

Interesting trip behind N473 today. On the return leg, through the storms, my traveling colleague and I managed to get upgraded to first class. We were told that the Carriage A was fully booked out, and we were the last two seats allocated. This was confirmed by the conductor as well- the car was fully booked, in fact, all cars, except Car D, required seating to be allocated. Oddly, despite that being known and on the computer system, at least 4 stations/ticket agencies gave 9 people "Class A" tickets without seat numbers with the instruction "just sit in any seat vacant". This in turn created some very interesting moments for the very efficient staff member on board. I admire her sense of humour and professionalism, and the good nature that led to 9 people being prepared to stand with her in the back of the car without complaint, but I wonder about the system that over subscribes the train. Had the upgrade not been available to us on the 1305, we were content to explore Bairnsdale until the 1500 service, which, at that stage, was under-subsribed. (The reason for the upgrade: we were sat with some very annoying people who insisted on talking all the way up to Bairnsdale, and not about anything of interest to us...on a day off, the two of us decided we could enjoy some quiet on the way home!)

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RAILWORLD [01 Feb 2004|01:38pm]




[23 Jan 2004|08:10pm]

[ mood | annoyed ]

Sorry that really shouldn't be on ausrail, damn mouse slip again when I tried to upload that UFO thing to "Aussie-LJ"



UFO North of Melbourne [23 Jan 2004|08:07pm]

[ mood | shocked ]

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From City of Whittlesea council official website

Council refers photograph to government agencies
An employee of this major municipality during his routine work as a traffic engineer took a photograph of a level railway crossing at Beveridge north of Melbourne using a digital camera.

When it was downloaded from the camera on to a computer an object appeared in the sky on photograph.This Council has no opinion about the object.

We just do not know what the object could be and would welcome any explanation.

This Council believes it has an obligation to pass the image on to the relevant authorities for their consideration and investigation.

The image has been referred by Council to the Chief Defence Scientist, Defence Science & Technology Organisation, and the Civil Aviation Authority.

Council is considering referring it to NASA and other authorities.

Jim Linton, Communications Officer.
email: info@whittlesea.vic.gov.au


[31 Dec 2003|03:12pm]

Hey there... I was looking at booking a tram for a private function, and I know it's possible, because I've been to tram parties in the past. Who do I need to contact to organise this?
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RAILWORLD [30 Dec 2003|02:23pm]




[15 Nov 2003|08:54am]

[ mood | impressed ]



[11 Nov 2003|11:34pm]

[ mood | pissed off ]

I have yet to receive my copy of Newsrail,despite it being for sale in the retail outlets since Sunday.
A.R.H.S. Members pay $80-00 yearly subscription to receive this mag,so it is a standing joke to receive Newsrail up to a week after the retail outlets.
I am aware the mailing is done voluntarily,but surely it does not more than a week for a Melb Member to recieve his copy.
Rail News Victoria is set to become the new Railways Of Aust Mag< which always appeared late>
It seldom appears on time,and I am sick of getting the January Issue in March.Surely the editorial assistants could produce those isssues when the editor takes his annual world tour.

********************something I really want to say****

Please remember Jeff, you are the one that send shitty pictures to RNV and good pics Newsrail

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[24 Oct 2003|08:42pm]

[ mood | nostalgic ]

Last month I booked a return flight to Cairns from Melbourne just so that I can ride on Cairns tilt train during the day...some of you probably knew that the travel agency screwed up, not only when I got on the train found they mis-print the seat number, they made the flight very indirect, one day I had to flight Cairns-Townsville-Brisbane-Sydney-Melbourne all in one day, I made a complain, in compensation, they gave me a ticket to Rocky, free of charge...really that would cost me more to go there, and the trip involve little to do with trains..(flight to Rocky) but I thought on why not...anyway cut story short...Saturday morning at Gracemere, QLD, 5km away from Rocky, (and yes I slightly twisted the trip, hence I sent 2 sms from a weird location)

2 electric locos hauled a coal train approached,I parked my car and got a picture, while I was admiring the train, a young guy approached me and said...

"Are you...from Sydney"?
"Melbourne.." I replied
"Hang on...are you James ? "
"Ah, hi how are you? I am Jacob Maklin!"

Oh SHiiiiiiiiiit....I heard all about him, and now I found out he knew me for some reasons, he would know what I look like from now..:(

He then said.."well, I saw alot of your pictures in Rail News Victoria and Railway Digest"

"oh cool"(I really dunno what to say)

"those trains in your pictures are really sux..."

(What???? wtf was that? was that what I think he said?)

"Oh, thanks for the complimentry" I reply in a moody way...

"Why do you take pictures of ugly trains"?

"Oh well, anyway I gotta go, got a flight to catch" (not really, just want to go away)

"OK! Bye, have fun in QLD"

(no, I won't be cus you spoiled everything...//me accelerated the car as quick as I can)

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[12 Oct 2003|12:43am]

[ mood | cold ]

For b_nut

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Cab ride on CTT, which is useless, since you can see the front view anyway from the comfort of your seat

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