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I am contemplating making a documentary about British rail transport. - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
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I am contemplating making a documentary about British rail transport.
I shall call it, 'Train-spotty', I think. 

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blamebrampton From: blamebrampton Date: July 21st, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
You must never come to Sydney.

Unless you would like to return home feeling an unexpected love for all aspects of English public transport.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: July 21st, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

But....

... I understood that Australia was founded upon, er, transportation.

For the term of your natural lives, I believe.
blamebrampton From: blamebrampton Date: July 21st, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: But....

Really it's just until you get sick of warm winters.
fpb From: fpb Date: July 22nd, 2008 08:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I recently had an online exchange with someone who thought British trains were absolutely wonderful. I informed her that they were among the slowest and most expensive in Europe, and she responded - "I wouldn't know, I am Australian". From which one concludes that Australian trains are so bad, even Virgin and One look good by comparison.
blamebrampton From: blamebrampton Date: July 22nd, 2008 08:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Australian trains have the advantage of being mostly cheap. In Sydney, this is their only virtue.

Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth all have excellent and well-coordinated transport systems which are credits to their designers and operators.

Sydney has a labyrinthine system of tracks, a timetable designed by misanthropes, stations that could double as training camps for the Paris to Dakkar or an Antarctic walking attempt depending on the time of year, and actual trains that I suspect started their lives as shipping containers, and are still packed in that fashion. In addition the station masters communicate in a strange argot, understood by no one, and the indicator boards are prone to jolly japes when it comes to displaying destinations. But it is relatively cheap.

Adelaide and Hobart can be walked around, and I have never met anyone who can give a coherent account of Darwin. Canberra is to be avoided.
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