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  Roderick Smith

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 "160914W-Melbourne'HeraldSun'-flooding-c-Kooyong-Dec.1934.jpg" [Glenferrie Rd tramline underwater]
171129-Melbourne'HeraldSun'-1934floods-d- Koo-wee-rup evacuated by train.

Tues.21.7.20 Metro Twitter
10.00 Werribee line: Major delays (an equipment fault near Hoppers Crossing). Trains may terminate/originate at intermediate stations 'to alleviate congestion'.
- 10.21 Clearing.
17.29 Pakenham/Cranbourne lines: Major delays (police attending to unruly passengers at Murrumbeena).  Trains may be held/altered.
- 17.44 Clearing.
17.59 Sandringham Line: Major delays after a police action.
Buses replace trains Newport - Werribee from 19.25 until the last train (works).
Buses replace trains North Melbourne - Upfield from 20.20 until the last (maintenance works).
Mernda/Hurstbridge lines: Buses replace trains Parliament - Clifton Hill from 20.20 until the last train (maintenance works).
Buses replace trains Dandenong - Pakenham from 20.30 until the last train tonight (works.
Lilydale/Belgrave  lines: All trains will terminate/originate at Burnley from 20.50 until the last train (works) take place. From Southern Cross and loop stations, take a Pakenham train [why not a Frankston one?] to Richmond, then change for Glen Waverley train to Burnley.
Glen Waverley line: All trains will run direct to/from Flinders St, not via the loop from 20.50 until the last train (maintenance works).
Sunbury/Craigieburn/Upfield lines: All trains run direct to/from Flinders St (works) From loop stations, take a Swanston St tram to Flinders St [Parliament and Flagstaff are less fortunate].

Victorian floods in 1934 took 35 lives and cut off regional towns [with ATN]
Herald Sun November 29, 2017
A POWERFUL storm lashed Victoria for two days in 1934, leaving 35 people dead. Dozens of Melbourne’s riverside suburbs and swathes of Gippsland were inundated.
Transport stopped in December 1934 as Melbourne streets are turned into canals but the postman was determined to get telegrams through.
...The tennis complex at Kooyong at the height of the December 1934 flood, as captured by a Herald photographer from the air.
...The Gippsland railway line and the Princes Highway were washed away in many locations and towns including Trafalgar, Moe, Morwell and Traralgon were isolated.
Gardiners Creek rose so high that it inundated the courts at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, leaving only the top tiers of the brand new centre court exposed.
...The Victorian town of Orbost underwater during Snowy River floods in 1934.
...All along the river, in suburbs like Richmond, Abbotsford and South Yarra, houses were awash, while on the western side of town, Moonee Ponds, Macaulay and Kensington saw large-scale evacuations.

3.12.17 Wild weather: Victoria bracing for severe weather
COMMUTERS ARE BANKED UP AT CAMBERWELL STATION OWING TO WORKS Melbourne’s train lines have been hit hard by the wild weather, with buses still replacing trains on Alamein, Belgrave, Glen Waverely, Lilydale and Upfield lines. [the photos were posted a while back]
* Hurstbridge Line now reporting good service following earlier delays due to flooding at Ivanhoe station. 
* Buses still replacing trains on Alamein, Belgrave, Glen Waverely, Lilydale and Upfield lines. 

Tues.21.7.20 Melbourne 'Herald Sun' Letters:
* WHY are V/Line trains/buses running? This is exporting the virus to country areas wholesale.
* Still a nightmare. SOME 18 months ago, a large board was prominently erected at Glen Huntly station, stating: “This is one of Victoria’s most dangerous and congested level crossings. That’s why we’re getting rid of it.” The board remains there to this day, and there has been no evidence of any action taken.
Moreover, in an article published in this newspaper on December 15, 2017, headed “High priority but ignored by the Level Crossing Removal Project”, Glen Huntly appeared as No. 1 on the list.
At this nightmare crossing, the boomgates are lowered 130-140 times each day, and removal is well and truly overdue. When will work begin?

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