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  • Black and white map showing route of proposed Alphington to East Preston Railway from Alphington to Bolderwood Parade in Reservoir

    Alphington to East Preston Railway

    Recently I was looking through some old documents related to Alphington. Buried within Hansard from 1948 was a document entitled the Alphington to East Preston Railway Construction Act. This Act of the Victorian Parliament authorised the construction a railway from Alphington along Darebin Creek to the then-brand new public housing estates just east of Reservoir.…

  • Distances between Melbourne railway stations – a quick map

    I spent a few days putting together a map that shows the distances between railway stations on Melbourne’s metropolitan rail network. The spacing has been calculated and placed onto the current official PTV Victorian rail network map. The distance data is taken from the Vicsig website’s line guides (which also has a lot of other…

  • 1927 railway map showing lines throughout Victoria in blue on a faded white background.

    The evolution of rail maps in Victoria

    Victoria is not well-known for its transport maps in the same way as London or New York. Despite this lack of enduring iconic design, the state has a rich and interesting history of railway maps. Almost all transport maps were geographical rather than schematic up until the 1990s. Only then did we see a shift…

  • What are schematic maps?

    After the publication of my schematic public transport map of Chernarus, there was some confusion about its design and purpose. Hopefully this post will clear things up!   What is a schematic map? Put simply, a schematic map does not necessarily represent geography. Instead, it is designed to show nodes and the connections between them.…