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Opal’s New Top-Up Machines and Single-Trip Tickets

Sydney’s long march to a paper-ticket-less transport network just got one step closer with the announcement on 23rd March 2016 that they are trialing new top-up machines with single-trip tickets. While this was always considered as the next step, it’s … Continue reading

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Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 9: The Tram Catalogue

As promised from the last posting about the trams in Hong Kong, here is the “tram catalogue”. This is basically a collection of mostly front-shots of the numbered trams as seen in Hong Kong on my tram day, 8th January … Continue reading

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Trip to HK & CN 2014 – Part 8: Riding the Ding Ding Tram

[This is a posting about a trip I took to Hong Kong and China as part of a conference trip at around the beginning of the year, but as I’ve not had the time to “digest” and write posts about … Continue reading

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Visited: Transport Heritage Expo (6 – 8 June 2015)

Thanks to the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, I’ve managed to scrape up some time to blog about things, and make the time to visit some interesting events around Sydney, one of which is the Transport Heritage Expo. The Transport Heritage … Continue reading

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The tarnished Opal continues to darken …

Suffice it to say, followers would have realized the difficulties I have had in getting satisfactory responses from Opal for anything less than a trivial enquiry. While the last post has seen update upon update, it’s probably time to start … Continue reading

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Visited: The South-West Rail Link (Liverpool to Leppington)

Having spent a decent chunk of my life on public transport, whenever anything happens, it immediately captures my interest. The rail network had suffered through many years of neglect, and has only been undergoing “slow” evolution – I’ve only really … Continue reading

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Nothin’ but a tarnished Opal: Problems continue …

My quest towards getting my Opal concession card working has been thwarted again. As of the last posting, I was assured by Opal Customer Care that my card had indeed been activated and was ready for travel – both over … Continue reading

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Oh No! Another Opal Card, but Opal Activation is Broken!

The Concession Opal card saga continues. In the last chapter, my card was blocked from use and a new card was to be dispatched to me, by express post. This card would have to be activated and the credit from … Continue reading

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Problem: Opal Top-Up Pending Collection – RIP, my Opal Card

It’s probably self-evident by now, as a regular user of public transport (and an observant one at that), that I’ve been looking forward to receiving and getting onto the Opal system. While concession holders, including tertiary students, were left to … Continue reading

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Mega Random: Merry Christmas, Site Updates, Transport Updates etc.

Gee, it’s been ages since my last random post. Since then, countless security vulnerabilities, mobile OS updates, world news events, scientific discoveries, scandals and wild weather events have happened – so many that it seems pointless to try and even … Continue reading

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Random Post: Happy Mid-Autumn Festival, ElectroneX, Train Stuff, Site Updates, etc.

It’s been another long break from my last random post, and it’s no co-incidence that I’ve been extremely busy. In fact, I’ve been so busy that the blog hasn’t been able to get the time it deserves – so I … Continue reading

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A demonstrative subset of my ticket collection …

In conjunction with my previous article on Cityrail and EFTPOS machines, I have decided to post a subset of my vast ticket collection illustrating some of the characteristics of the tickets. While my collection can’t be said to be “old” … Continue reading

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Cityrail Ticket Vending Machines and EFTPOS

It’s been a while coming but Cityrail commuters would have noticed that many of their ticket vending machines are now equipped with EFTPOS terminals allowing for payment by chip-card. Both newer (yeah, they’re old hat) touch screen terminals and older … Continue reading

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