The ??? p.m. Laverton train will not run today.” Is this familiar to you? Well, this is my most dreaded and detested announcement from the station’s loudspeaker at North Melbourne.

To exacerbate my frustrations, I often have to watch helplessly two Werribee trains and two Williamstown trains come and go before the next available Laverton service.  The Werribee and Williamstown trains run on the same train tracks as the Laverton trains but do not take me home to Altona. Newport is the closest station that I can alight with these trains but this is still a long distance from home. I always feel stranded, deserted and question: “Why can others go home but not me?” However, I firmly believe that it is not a mistake for me or anyone else to live in Altona.

An all-powerful voice from the master control room at Flinders Street station would then reverberate in my ears: “There is a shortage of trains on the Werribee line today. Not a problem. We can easily fix this by diverting some services from the Laverton route or cancelling the Laverton services“.

 

No train today, my love has gone away
No train today, it seems a common sight
But people passing by don’t know the reason why

No train today, it wasn’t always so
But all that’s left is a place dark and lonely …