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  • Peter Taylor on What happened to the humble TV? Ric, Just as the era of compact discs promised "never bnefore heard sound quality", so too does - purportedly - HDTV. But I ... more
  • Mark on What happened to the humble TV? The Love Boat is actually on Eleven in SD. So I don't know what you're complaining about. more
  • John on In defence of MYKI MYKI won me over and so I've registered via the Internet. more
  • John on The Tail of a Little Dog Animal stories (blogs) n comments I like thank you ric, like selection of music too more
  • Brian Grieef on What happened to the humble TV? G'day Ric,in our case we have three analogue TVs, lounge,kitchen/dining and bedroom, but the most important one is the ... more
  • Rod Harvey on What happened to the humble TV? Oh, so true!And what do I often resort to? Turning off the telly and switching on the radio so I don't have to be distracted ... more
  • Vince, Ruby & Brenda on The Tail of a Little Dog Well Ric, at last we see Taco, she is beautiful. Obviously she has taken your heart, but who am I to talk, what has Ruby ... more
  • Vince on In defence of MYKI Hi Rick, (Ditch), if it's MYKI, how come you are using it, Ruby and I would like it back. Anyway, Ditch, it's a seniors ... more
  • June Arnott on In defence of MYKI Myki is fine until you come up against the cumbersome rules & regs that go with it.My auto top up failed because my old ... more
  • allan on In defence of MYKI There's supposed to be an on-line compensation form for MYKI march entitlement, and I can't find it? all I can find is a ... more
  • Les on In defence of MYKI Ric,I understand the Metcard system, it is easy to use and it has been reliable. Why change something simply because the ... more
  • Helen on In defence of MYKI Dear Ric, I find that you've got interesting comments all round. There are pros and cons with everthing that you do. There ... more
  • Terry Norton on In defence of MYKI I see 3 major problems with MYKI.The first is, why should you have to pay good money to buy a card, simply to then be ... more
  • cheryl Garofalo on In defence of MYKI I don't use public transport all that much but I find myki easy to use. I used to use the smart system in Perth, so found ... more
  • Elaine on In defence of MYKI Hi Ric, Your comment on MYKI is an interesting one. What we don't get told is that in the case of my son he doesn't have a ... more
  • Norma Beattie on The Tail of a Little Dog Rick love your story, we have two jack russels, yes and the first one we rescued sleeps on our bed, her spot only, but we ... more
  • John Zissis on The Tail of a Little Dog I like outdoor cats. Dogs ok but can't see the attraction either? more
  • Marje on The Tail of a Little Dog My best mate, a Rottie/Great Dane/Mastiff cross weighing in at 67kg was put to sleep last year and I miss him so! Yes, he ... more
  • lillian stephenson on The Tail of a Little Dog How lucky we are to have these pets in our lives,my little man sleeps on the bed also he is the last friend I say goodnight ... more
  • Gary Mitchell on Blog: Ric's take on insurance We had a claim on our Contents Insurance worth close to $200,00 which the insurance company paid up but when Our policy came ... more

I love trains...

Posted by: Magic 1278 | 19 January, 2012 - 3:08 PM
One of the new Metro trains

I love trains. I’ve always loved trains.

I catch a train to work every day and apart from the odd undesirable (very odd) in the same carriage as me, it’s usually a reasonably enjoyable experience.

Sometimes I read… sometimes I just sit there and think. (I’m sure that would surprise quite a few)

Quite often I ponder what it might cost to build a new train?  A million? Two million? How good would it be to be the first one to ride a new train?

Some people don’t share my enthusiasm  for the beauty of trains. But they a so beautiful - striking colours, lovely bright metro logos, big powerful electric motors (which these days are almost silent), self closing doors, nice comfy seats, air conditioning… the list goes on and on.

Some people have said to me that they smell. Maybe that’s because some people urinate in them. Hard to believe isn’t it?

But even more hard to believe is that some passengers, who more than likely have not even paid the fare, decide that the windows would look better, If they were scratched!

Not just one window, but EVERY WINDOW in every beautiful train!!

As I sit on the train with my ”touched on MYKI”, enjoying my thoughts I ponder what sort of mind it is that decides that this beautiful piece of machinery deserves such mindless violence.

How dare they? and how do they get away with it?  AND… I haven’t even touched on the spray painting and the disgusting, filthy, rubbish!  I tell you what, I am not a violent man but they better not commit their moronic vandalism while I’m on the train!

Let me know what you think...


Ric Ditchburn: Mon to Fri: 2:00pm - 7:00pm

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Blog comments Your Say

  • Ric Ditchburn.
    i agree with your comments on the trains. whenever i need to go into the city i travel by train. you can sit back, relax read a book etc. and i do hate to see empty drink bottles and rubbish left behind. i like you like the metro colour scheme. many years in W.A. i was a fireman on the old steam trains. loved them and i miss them. they were big and strong as well as being majestic. keep up the good work at magic 1278

    MARK STEWARTT Sunday 29 January, 2012 - 5:25 PM
  • Dear Ric,

    Having completed the last survey, it took me through to magic website and saw your item on trains.
    Can I suggest you subscribe to following:
    Most if not all are out of UK - but hey a train is a train no matter what continent.
    Only one station on the radio Magic - great show

    Enjoy trains, Gary

    Gary Thexton Thursday 26 January, 2012 - 10:52 AM
  • I have been known to follow someone off the train and hand them their rubbish to dispose of properly! Trains are great after work - plug in the I-pod and chill - no worries about traffic and road rage!

    Lesley Tuesday 24 January, 2012 - 5:02 PM
  • Like you Ric, I am always amazed that anyone can just get up and leave a tram or a train and leave their rubbish behind. What do their homes look like? I guess if they thought about it, they would think that someone else is employed to pick it up, so why bother finding a rubbish bin. I also enjoy travelling by train, most of the time. The problem is that when they are caught vandalizing anything they are not really punished, we need to get back to real punishment, not a slap on the wrist, the amount of grafitti along rail lines is disgusting, not art, just property damage in my eyes.

    Jane Fisher Monday 23 January, 2012 - 8:29 AM

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