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Brent Palmer

I daresay there's a station even smaller: Eumundi, in South East Queensland, consisting of one bi-directional platform, which is also one carriage long (although they're in the process of extending the platforms at stations in the area to full length).

Beige

That is amazing.

I had a somewhat-related experience visiting Germany. The youth hostel we were at was in fact right on a road, and we got there by minivan, but out front was...a bus stop. On the side of a mountain so far out of town you could see the Milky Way at night. To American eyes, the sort of place that could never, ever be served by public transit, not in some future fantasy of unimaginably expanded transit let alone now. But there it was.

EngineerScotty

Beige--how often did busses come by? And how much would it cost to ride the bus there?

Ted King

This puts me in mind of the transit-friendly comedy team Flanders + Swann. Two of their numbers are listed below. Also, Michael Flanders is on record saying that the fork-lift used to load him and his wheelchair onto an airplane (1960's) was an amazing way to lift forks (eating utensil implied).

"The Slow Train"
http://www.badsey.net/will/station_rev.htm

"A Transport Of Delight" (aka "The London Omnibus")
http://firstfoot.gladserv.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=11319&p=132823
[Fifth post, @ 50%]

NB - There's an alternate version with "a smart MG" instead of the tram line. Various versions of F + S's works are on YouTube.

P.S. One could also consider their hippo song a transit song. The refrain includes "mud, mud, glorious mud". Naturally, one should use the sarcasm tag when praising mud in a transit context. TK

Joseph E

Beige, many very rural areas have bus service, albeit infrequent, slow and expensive. Siskiyou county, where I grew up, has a few bus routes. One stops in Greenview (Population 200) 8 times a day, on the way to Etna (pop 781). Another bus runs only on Friday and Monday between Yreka and Happy Camp, and stops at Hamburg (pop 80) and Klamath River (pop 100). I believe you can request a particular stop at your house.

Clearly, this is a coverage and life-line service. The whole county population (40,000) is less than the one-way ridership on one of the light rail lines in my city.

Joseph E

More relevant to this situation, most South American countries have great bus service to national parks and local parks near cities. And in my time in Costa Rica, I was able to get to any corner of the country on daily buses for no more than $10 one way (and that for an 8 hour trip), and this without any government subsidy. Unfortunately, in the last few years the roads in the cities have become chocked with private automobiles, and bus service has slowed down greatly with all the traffic.

Peter Parker

Around Melbourne we have Route 788 to Point Nepean National Park every 45-70min with 7 day service, the Stony Point train (daily service roughly every 2 hours), buses into the Dandenongs (ranging from infrequent services on 694 & 698 to 30 - 60 min frequencies 7 days a week on route 688), trains to Hurstbridge (semi-rural), Route 782 to Flinders etc, ferries to French Island, an occasional service on 562 to Kinglake, Mt Donna Buang (possibly hikable from Route 683 approx hourly 7 days a week) and services to Warrandyte (578/9 and others).

In fact many of the above offer better services than some outer suburban routes serving normal housing densities.

In contrast Perth environs are poorly served (except possibly the foothills around Kalamunda and Mundaring). Attractions like Whiteman Park, the Swan Valley and coastal towns north of Perth have no or limited service so a car is essential for touring.

Riccardo

Great stuff Jarrett. Of course Wondabyne is the but of many jokes! In theory there are other houses surrounding the coves that use their boats to moor at Wondabyne and catch the train there. I don't know how much this actually happens these days.

The quarry has a rail siding in it (or did last time I looked) where occasionally a wagon will be shunted to collect sandstone. They have a sandstone carving competition there from time to time.

Like Wonda, the larger station at Woy Woy has a 'commuter carpark' for boats

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