(Photos: 'Trainless' Countrylink platform, Sydney Central)
(Photos: Cake & Circuses minus trains, Sydney Central)
(Photos: 'Countrylink Train' bus, Flickr, Kaine1991)
Lovely as 'Harmony Day' may be, when you're at a train station you want trains!
Yet again interminable trackwork faced rail passengers today. Yet again it was revealed that this nation cannot run trains according to publicised timetables.
Australia just isn't to be trusted in the public transport arena - we just don't get it.
How is it that 'Countrylink' & 'City-Rail' train lines ('train' being the operative word) have fleets of buses displaying their insignia?
* Why are there are protocols in place for 'train-travel' by road?
* Why is so much passenger time spent on roads rather than on railway tracks?
* Why are Countrylink personnel so uber-jolly in the face of passenger misery & inconvenience? ...the following exchange was almost too much to handle - I did my best...
Officer Countrylink (looking at my ticket): Ohhh! 'Sco-one'! Aren't we a lucky girl?! Such a pretty little place, 'Sco-one'!
Me: It's a facade, I can assure you - just like your rail network!!!......(jeez, beam me up, Scottie, please...sigh)
* Why aren't we shouting from the rooftops?
* Why do we put up with this 'shit'?
* & why don't coal trains ever stop running?
...but I digress; back to the 'Trackwork Pantomime'...
From what I've observed over my considerable experience as an Australian Public Transport user, there is still no glaringly obvious evidence of benefits from the incessant 'trackwork':
- nothing works better,
- trains still don't run on time,
- trains actually don't run
- buses make you sick
Aaaaahhhhh, somebody, anybody - what's the story?
...here's looking at you, kid! & we'll always have "Trackwork"!!!
(cut to fuzzy lens & piano: Da-da, Da-da, Da-daaaah)
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