The Iron Road is a blog about public transport's past, present and future.

The name comes from railways, and the blog will deal with trains in the most depth - but will also deal with trams and buses. It will also deal with how government promotes or restricts non-public transport, including roads and cycling infrastructure.

It will focus on Victoria, but will also deal with other states of Australia and may touch on other countries as well. Because I have lived in regional Western Victoria for most of my life, with a brief stint in Deer Park the only exception, the blog will inevitably focus on these areas.

It will feature commentary on current proposals, updates on projects that are underway, general primers on important concepts, pieces of railway history, and ideas about where we should be heading in the future.

As of June 2016, I am the Convener of the Ballarat Branch of the Public Transport Users Association. The views expressed on this blog are my own, and do not necessarily reflect those of the PTUA unless explicitly stated.


Just a quick note on copyright. This blog will use a combination of my own images, things from official government/operator documents, and other people's images that have licenses that let me (eg Creative Commons Non-Commercial). If you believe I've misused something of yours, comment on the post in question.

If you want to use an image you see on this site, all of my own images (maps, photos, diagrams) use the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, which basically means you are free to share and/or adapt them, as long as you:

  • credit me (I prefer a link to the post in question);
  • don't use them for commercial purposes; and
  • attach the same license to derivative works.

Images that aren't mine should be taken on a case-by-case basis (they will usually be attributed).

The words, on the other hand, are copyrighted with all rights reserved.

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