The announcement of a major infrastructure project, in this instance the state government's sky rail proposal, is overshadowed by "angry" protesters (can protesters ever be moderately agitated?), politicking from the opposition and an overarching poverty of imagination. Welcome to Melbourne: where bold ideas are immediately torn down and the selfish and small-minded have right of way.
The government proceeds on its election promise to remove the railway crossings that bring gridlock to suburban streets, cripple the capacity of trains to run more frequently and cost the economy billions. But according to some local petitioners, the plan to replace the level crossings on three sections of line from Caulfield to Cranbourne/Pakenham with elevated rail is an outrage.
According to the objectors, a rail tunnel is the only acceptable option, thus rendering any other option a cynical manoeuvre. I'm yet to hear a convincing argument why the new line must go underground. Admittedly, the government could do a better job explaining why it need not do so — why tunnelling this stretch of line would be too disruptive, expensive or restrictive from an urban planning perspective.
But let's not pretend this would persuade the protesters thundering "No sky rail." Their chant leaves me dubious about suggestions the Andrews government might have prevented this barney with "proper consultation". Advertisement
Ambitious building projects invariably impact people living closest to the site. These residents should not be permitted to hijack public debate. They are, however, entitled to voice their displeasure. And the No Sky Rail president, who lives one metre from the rail corridor, deserves some sympathy; when frustration and fury overtake us we tend to throw everything at an argument, without sifting the outlandish from the reasonable.
It is reasonable to complain, as she does, that the nine-metre structure will likely block her northern sun. It is outlandish to evoke a hypothetical disaster scenario, such as a derailment causing "80,000 tonnes of fully laden freight" to come crashing down on homes. Yes, and planes can fall from the sky but we still have flight paths above residential areas. And the less said the better about her concerns paedophiles can peer down into her backyard pool when the kids are swimming. (Besides, the government says barriers will be erected on the viaduct to protect the... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
"Nobody voted for a sky train way up in the air cutting a swathe through densely settled suburbs," said opposition transport spokesman David Davis in comments so dim they offend settled principles of physics. How can a structure "way up in the air" cut a swathe through a suburb on the ground? And don't existing railway lines divide communities? Isn't that why our ancestors referred to undesirables as coming from "the wrong side of the tracks?"
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And I reckon there are also benefits for rail passengers, assuming they're not all paedophiles. On a recent trip to Bangkok, I travelled from the airport by sky rail, enjoying an expansive view of the city's vibrant chaos, the old districts nudging the gleaming skyscrapers, the jumble of freeways, concrete towers, footpaths bursting with life. It made the metropolis legible and gave me some perspective.
We could use some perspective in Melbourne. The kind that helps us see the big picture.
I've always loved model railroading, but lack of real estate has prohibited me from setting up anything more than an oval around the Christmas tree. This year, however, my old Minitrix Decapod has started to give me some problems. Anything under 40mph and it barely starts, and once it's started, I have to keep cranking up the speed as it starts to slow down every so often. Given the age of the engine, I'm wondering if it's worth the time, money, or effort to fix it/have it fixed, or if I should let it retire and find an engine that was made more recently.
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They travel along a fixed track and have predictability and make steady, reassuring rhythmic sounds. You may recall that autistic folk are disturbed by chaos and lack of consistency. A slight change in routine will turn a 'tist into an inconsolable ball of rage, tears, and 'tism. Meanwhile published route maps and complex mechanical systems give them an outlet for their love of memorization.
Also, the operator of a train appears to be solitary and enclosed in a comforting womb of heavy machinery. This too seems well suited to the autistic person's disposition.
Wow, this actually makes perfect sense. I've always wondered why poor souls on the spectrum get so into trains and "train culture". Thanks for your analysis. I'm sure this will hit very close to home for a lot of people that browse this board who do not want to accept what you have said. Looking forward to all the autistic replies.
>>934388 Not of ships, but of industrial waterfront facilities, yes. Dams and locks terrify me. Or anything of that sort that suction a great deal of water. Used to have nightmares as a kid, still uneasy/irrationally afraid.
Probably would be that way for ships, but I work on them, so there's far less unknowns.
How to stop little bastards manually rolling down windows in the back seats of a car when I'm tankin it down the motorway, I thought some bright spark would have invented a child safety device or something would be available Inb4 ... Little bastard, child seat, and duct tape
>“The investigation into yesterday’s cable fire at McPherson Square is ongoing," Wiedefeld said. “As a preliminary matter, the conditions appear disturbingly similar to those in the L’Enfant incident of a year ago, and our focus is squarely on mitigating any risk of a fire elsewhere on the system.”
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>>933864 >Do you think this is just a precaution or do they know the whole system is completely fucked? It's the latter. WMATA spends fuck all on maintenance and the feds are constantly up their ass about it. Every single accident or derailment they have (which they have much more often than any other agency) ends up being the fault of lack of maintenance. That, and the massive amounts of corruption and all around not caring about the job leads to nothing being done. Oh, and I forgot,... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
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