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What’s going on in-between the railway lines at South Yarra?

As part of the Metro Tunnel project, the railway junction on the approach to South Yarra station is being redeveloped to accommodate the new tunnel portal. Whilst this much is obvious, what isn’t immediately clear is the purpose of all that work that’s going between the Caulfield and Sandringham lines.

Satellite image from Apple Maps
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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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