Monthly Archives: June 2021

The simple, but mind-bogglingly persistent problem with Melbourne’s new trains

A photo I took of the HCMT on its first passenger (aka. revenue) service.

Update 11/12/21: A lot of what I wrote here I have discovered in time to be incorrect–primarily that the buttons aren’t touch sensitive, but rather pressure sensitive. The timeout/lockout behavior seems to have been altered.

Have you been on one of Melbourne’s new High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMTs) yet? They’re very nice–long, plenty of comfy seats as-well as standing area, and modern passenger information with dynamic line maps, all as you’d expect from a modern metropolitan/suburban train system. It’s checkmarks all the way down, except for one problem. Sometimes the doors don’t open.

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