One man's perspective of the daily grind on board the Connex Melbourne metropolitan train system.
Monday, November 07, 2005
Mon 7 November - Off to Perth again...
This week starts like last week - a late train and no information. I'm on the 08:49 and it's about four minutes late. For some reason the platform enquiry system declined to guess when it would arrive, even though it was only three or four stops down the line. No doubt this problem is linked to the lack of SMS alerts. One of the PDP-11s must be very sick.
Thankfully I'm going to Perth for a few days. Let's hope it's all sorted by Friday.
An extract from my first post best sums up what this is all about.
"Perception is reality" was one of the many glib phrases my ex-boss used to regularly use. Well my reality is that I have never had a full week of the train that I want to catch running on time. Let me rephrase that somewhat inelegant sentence - I don't believe that of the ten scheduled trains that I would wish to catch in any given week, all ten have ever run as scheduled. Ever. In over four years of commuting on the Sandringham line, my perception is that at least one train per week is either delayed or cancelled.
That's probably a pretty bold call, so to turn my perception into reality, I plan to keep a diary for a while and we'll see how often Connex can deliver me a full week of reliable services. Yes, I know that's a little self-centred, but isn't that the whole point of blogging?