Are Melbourne’s trains really this bad?

Hurstbridge line, yesterday

The amazing thing about this footage is that it was filmed only yesterday at Montmorency on the Hurstbridge rail line. The truly shocking thing is apparently this section of track was upgraded to concrete sleepers last year.

It was uploaded to Youtube by Rocketboy 1950, who says:

I shot this footage on the Hurstbridge line at Montmorency. It is testament to how safe trains are and how they will handle extraordinarily bad track without going arse over head. This is of course not to say that some of the passengers will be going to see a chiropractor or orthopedic surgeon to have their backs put right after riding the trains through here.

Expertly placed on a curve.

Update: Channel 7 now on to this and ran this story on Friday evening news.

4 Comments on “Are Melbourne’s trains really this bad?”

  1. Dealing with the railways engineers to make improvements to the insecure bicycle storage racks to tackle the terrible bicycle theft problem. and station renovations to provide security taught me that railways engineers are the dimwits in that profession.

    One day I stood at draughtsmans board with 3 railway engineer and told them that their bicycle rack design was rubbish. They had produced a prototype rack and told them why it was useless, it was but they did not listen. So I took my bolt cutter out of my pack took and cut the useless unhardened chain samples in have. The designer lost his rag, so I was ushered out of the drawing office forthwith.

    When I got out side with the consultant who took me along to see the rack, said . “Thank god you dont work in that place the daft engineers would drive you mad. My view is that railways engineer could not organise a boozeup in brewary.

  2. When a certain skillset gets undervalued for decades at a time then people that are good in the field will often move into a field where there is more work. Similarly there will be little uptake of new blood coming in and learning the trade. Finally even the set of people that have stuck with it and are still involved will get old and many will retire.

    This is exactly what has happened with rail work in this state and New South Wales.

    It’s also the exact opposite of road engineers and labourers in this state. We’ve poured money into roads for the last 3 decades and as a result we now build roads cheaply and efficiently (at least when you consider Australia’s very high wages).

    Rail projects on the other hand are consistently built poorly and at massive cost.

    The good news is this trend is completely reversible and is probably in fact already starting to turn around. More and more track works are taking place, as people start doing the jobs more and more expertise will build up again.

  3. Dave says:

    I’m not sure that the road profession is as competent as it’s made out to be. I noticed this morning that the Mornington Peninsula freeway is now over budget, again, this time with the estimates at $1.3bn (up from an original $250m, then $750m when commenced).

    By the time it finishes, I wouldn’t be surprised if it reaches double the initial estimate, which is pretty poor both from an estimation and delivery viewpoint.

  4. Oz says:

    The track geometry and running clip of the train certainly look as if this track bend would give a very uncomfortable ride . But the only real question is, is it sufficiently outside the specification to be unsafe? Should a statement not be published by VicTrack re-assuring train users that the geometry is within specification and safe? Someone must be in a position of responsibility to be sufficiently aware to reassure the travelling public. Or is it all a beatup by the media?

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