After an unexpected week-long delay because I am a moron who can’t read trackwork notices properly, I finally finished my Victorian extreme commuting experiment with a trip to Traralgon. How could you not love a route with stations called Bunyip, Moe and Nar Nar Goon?
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The trip to Traralgon ties with the journey to Eaglehawk as the longest I’m taking during this experiment, at just over two-and-a-quarter hours. But while Eaglehawk only receives a couple of trains a day, Traralgon is much better served, with a dozen services each day on weekdays.
The other technology working travellers need is mobile signal, and this line shows up as the best of the five journeys — there was no drop-out that I noticed.
Traralgon itself is the busiest terminus I’ve encountered during this experiment: it’s actually built into a shopping centre, which is a stark contrast to most of the other destinations I’ve visited. With that said, it’s still not busy enough to need both platforms: the other platform is now used as a community arts centre.
Could you do this commute daily?
What I still find a more striking contrast is the pricing. On a value-for-kilometres basis, the prices in Sydney are much cheaper than Victoria. Of course, this isn’t really an area where there is direct competition: if you need to use public transport, you have to pay the going rate. From that point of view, I’d still rather commute from Wollongong to Wendouree.