When a friend moved to East Gippsland, having lived in London for many years, she looked at the train service and thought, ok, less than a two hour train trip from Bairnsdale to Melbourne. No, it is at best a four hour plus train journey, as against three hours by car. It is credit to our road system, I guess, but certainly not to our country train system which should be much faster than travelling by car.
Never mind that she has suffered months of having to catch a bus onwards between Bairnsdale and Traralgon because the tracks have rusted and trains weren't triggering level crossing boom gates. It has taken VLine a long time to fix this problem. I might suggest that more trains should run on the tracks to prevent rails rusting. It really is hard to imagine how such a thing happened and led to, I think, more than six months of no trains running from Traralgon and Bairnsdale.
I don't think VLine ever had a cunning plan to attract people from there to come to Melbourne by train rather than drive.
Tradie Brother came for lunch with Step Mother this day, before she caught the Echuca train home. R was not here to make lunch, so I got everything out for Step Mother to make a left over meat loaf sandwhich. SM queried where the meat loaf came from. R cooked it. A leg of lamb is quite expensive at the moment. Unlike Mother, SM is a good cook and noticed that R is too.
Tradie Brother dropped us at Spencer Street Station coach area as SM had to initially catch a bus to Sunbury and then transfer to her train because of train track works. I went along to make sure she was in the right place. She could have found it herself, but it was my day off and I had go into town anyway.
There is only one train a day in each direction to Echuca. There are more services made up of coaches or train and coach combinations. SM was supposed to catch the single train, depart Spencer Street 3.15, arrive Echuca 6.36. Again, that does compare well with driving.
But the really odd thing is that the normal train is an express, stopping only a few times before reaching Echuca. With the bus substitute, the train stopped all stations and there was a fifteen minute allowance for the change from bus to train at Sunbury. SM will have to cart her luggage over a footbridge. With all that, the train was only twenty minutes later into Echuca than normal.
I don't know where I got this thought from, but our country trains should be travelling at least at 160 km/h and beating car traffic on the best of our roads. Don't even let me start on the Melbourne to Sydney train.
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