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September 2022

Report on ATA Committee Meeting Wednesday 17 August 2022

The ATA Committee met on Wednesday 17 August 2022. The committee received the reports from various departments of ATA. These will be presented to the Annual General Meeting. We welcome new member Michael Menzies.

2022 Annual General Meeting & Sydney Division Get-Together Sydney Tramway Museum, Sunday 16 October 2022

Sunday 16 October 2022 has been set as the date of the 2022 ATA Annual General Meeting. The Sydney Tramway Museum is situated adjacent to Loftus Station. Our program will commence from 10.00am. For a cost of $15 per participant we will be provided with a museum tour, unlimited tram rides to Waratah Loop towards Sutherland and the Royal National Park, and the use of a conference space at the Sutherland substation. The substation also houses several exhibits. Lunch is planned for 12 noon at Café 2232 Loftus, on the western side of the station. Our AGM will commence at 2pm at the substation. Participants are welcome to join at any time during the day. This day will be another opportunity for Sydney members and their friends to get together.

ATA looking for Committee Nominations and a New Treasurer

Included in this mailout are the Formal AGM Notice, Proxy Form, and Committee Nomination. Form. To keep the ATA functioning we need more members to nominate for the Executive and Committee positions – people who are willing to accept responsibility for ATA management tasks, in particular, the need for members to consider taking on responsibility for Treasury tasks. Len Regan has been Treasurer since October 2008, a position he has enjoyed. We are thankful to Len for the superb way he has handled the ATA finances. Many things are changing in the Association’s world, and this could be a good time to consider changes and improvements for the Treasury processes. Len can hand over his Excel spreadsheets with the financial details. They contain many cell formulas, which would need a reasonable expertise in Excel. Jim Wells, our accountant, has prepared an alternative way of keeping the accounts. This could be examined and adopted if found to be suitable. The financial details of Distribution List orders and Auction bids could be processed by the Distribution Manager and Auctioneer and sent to the Treasurer, rather than the Treasurer compiling these details. The credit account system for each member works well, but it takes some effort to keep it up-to-date and accurate. There might be the option of purchasing the computer software for one of the small account management systems, which would produce the records and reports needed. The treasurer would have all the instructions needed to use this program: no special skills would be needed. The positions of Treasurer and Membership Officer could be separated. With on-line banking, this separation is more feasible than before.

The official AGM documents, the formal notice, nomination form and proxy form, were sent with the September mailout.

Hilaire Fraser, 0409 463 209

August 2022

Membership Renewal 2022 – 2023

At the time of writing 105 members had renewed. Also, donations of about $2100 had been received with renewals which is very encouraging. Evidently members are pleased with the work of the ATA and wish to contribute financially. Final reminder notices will be sent to those members who have not yet renewed. One member renewed for digital mailout but did not include his/her name and therefor hasn’t received a thank-you email. Could this member please contact Len Regan on .

Stephen Gray Memorial Distribution Service

As a result of several orders received around 30 June, the June Distribution List had received twentyfive orders. The July List has received fourteen orders with Sydney Trains and NSW Trainlink working timetables effective early July, Metro and V/Line items and the Adelaide Gawler Line electric train timetable being of interest. 2022 marks the almost complete elimination of current paper timetables in Australia. Many operators do not print timetables, or print them in small numbers for local consumption, thus having no surplus for the ATA. In requesting current TTs our members often find that they are referred to the online timetables or receive an earlier edition which has already been available in our Distribution Service. In some cases, our members have found railway station timetable display racks also have superseded timetables. City Centre customer service outlets which provided paper timetables and over the counter travel planning have been closed in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide. However, ATA members have been able to obtain printed timetables from Victoria, Perth and Newcastle. With frequent Covid related service cuts and delays in infrastructure openings due to Covid related supply chain issues there have been delays in implementing planned timetable changes internationally. This is regardless of whether timetables are made available electronically or in print.

2022 Annual General Meeting & Sydney Division Get-Together Sydney Tramway Museum, Sunday 16 October 2022

Sunday 16 October 2022 has been set as the date of the 2022 ATA Annual General Meeting. The Sydney Tramway Museum is situated adjacent to Loftus Station. Our program will commence from 10.00am. For a cost of $15 per participant we will be provided with a museum tour, unlimited tram rides to Waratah Loop towards Sutherland and the Royal National Park, and the use of a conference space at the Sutherland substation. The substation also houses several exhibits. Lunch is planned for 12 noon at Café 2232 Loftus, on the western side of the station. Our AGM will commence at 2pm at the substation. Participants are welcome to join at any time during the day. This day will be another opportunity for Sydney members and their friends to get together.

Hilaire Fraser, 0409 463 209

July 2022

Membership Renewal 2022 – 2023

You will have received your Membership Renewal for the 2022-2023 financial year with the June mailout. Membership fees for 2022-2023 are $72 for normal Australian membership, $108 for overseas membership, $66 for membership with only electronic mailout and $36 for students. All members with an email address received a Membership Renewal form by email. Please note that the new bank account details for membership renewal are: - ATA: Bendigo Bank BSB 633-000. Account 192546489. Payment can also be made by Pay ID using the ATA’s ABN 74 248 483 468. At the time of writing 83 members had renewed after three weeks. Also, donations of over $1900 had been received with renewals which is very encouraging. Evidently members are pleased with the work of the ATA and wish to contribute financially.

This mailout has been prepared using membership details as at 24 June 2022. Changes to membership details received after this date will be implemented in the August 2022 mailout.

Stephen Gray Memorial Distribution Service

The June Distribution List has received twenty two orders. Items of interest included Sydney Trains and NSW Trainlink working timetables and train rosters as well as PTV Melbourne, Newcastle Transport and Picton bus timetables. The July List will feature V/Line pocket timetables effective 29 May 2022 and the Adelaide Gawler Line timetable effective 12 June 2022. The new Gawler Line timetable marks the inauguration of electric trains on this line.

Sydney Division Get-Together Saturday 25 June

Six members and friends attended the Sydney Division Get-Together over lunch at the Tradies, the Sutherland & District Trade Union Club, Gymea, on Saturday 25 June. Five members sent an apology. Hopefully similar events will follow in other parts of Sydney before too long.

Website Redevelopment

Transit Graphics has informed us that the development of the ATA website templates, including mobile responsiveness and cross-browser test, has now been completed. Besides the templates, they have also developed some example elements for us to reference in our content population process. ATA portfolio officers will need to add text to the new website.

2022 Annual General Meeting Sydney Tramway Museum

Just a reminder that Sunday 16 October 2022 has been set as the date of the 2022 ATA Annual General Meeting. The Sydney Tramway Museum is situated adjacent to Loftus Station.

Hilaire Fraser, 0409 463 209

June 2022

Membership Renewal 2022 – 2023

You will have received your Membership Renewal for the 2022-2023 financial year with the June mailout. Membership fees for 2022-2023 are $72 for normal Australian membership, $108 for overseas membership, $66 for membership with only electronic mailout and $36 for students. All members with an email address will receive a Membership Renewal form by email. Please note the new bank account details for membership renewal: ATA: Bendigo Bank BSB 633-000. Account 192546489. Payment can also be made by Pay ID using the ATA’s ABN 74 248 483 468.

Stephen Gray Memorial Distribution Service

The May Distribution List has received four orders at the time of writing. Items of interest included Sydney Easter Show working timetables, Queensland Rail network line diagrams, V/Line track diagrams and London Underground and bus maps. The June List will feature Newcastle Transport bus timetables effective 3 April 2022, Transperth bus timetables, Melbourne PTV bus timetables and Picton Buslines timetables. Future lists will contain more Transperth and PTV bus timetables.

Sydney Division Get-Together Saturday 25 June 12.30pm Tradies Gymea

There will be a Sydney Division Get-Together over lunch at the Tradies, the Sutherland & District Trade Union Club, on Saturday 25 June at 12.30pm. Tradies is situated at 57 Manchester Rd Gymea, enter from Kingsway. Tradies is a 5-to-10-minute walk from Gymea Station via Gymea Bay Rd and Kingsway and has ample parking. It has a usual club lunch menu in its Willow Restaurant. Country and interstate visitors as well as partners and friends are welcome to attend as this would be a social occasion. If you are planning to attend let me know no later than Wednesday 22 June so I can organise a table. Contact me on 0409 463 209.

Report on ATA Committee Meeting Wednesday 18 May 2021

The ATA Committee met on Wednesday 18 May 2021. Below under various headings are details of matters dealt with at the recent meeting.

Treasurer’s Report

Income year-to-date is $13377, expenses are $17168, giving an accrual deficit of $3791, compared with a deficit of $2353 twelve months ago. The main reason for the increased deficit in this period is the greater cost of rental. Membership revenue received so far for 2021-22 is $7507, $128 less than at the same time in 2020-21. Donations are becoming an important part of our income: $1561 has been received so far this year. Monthly mailout costs have been $2545, which is $5344 less than for the same period last year. This reflects the change from commercial printing in Sydney to volunteer printing in Melbourne. Mailout postage costs have declined by $341. Compared with the same period last year, the surplus from the Distribution List is $312 greater, but from the Auctions it is $682 less.

Bank Account Changes

As ING were discontinuing small accounts it became necessary for ATA to move our investment account. As the Bendigo Bank were offering a competitive interest rate, our term deposit was transferred from ING. Also, our cheque account was transferred to Bendigo Bank from Westpac. Please update your electronic banking details: Bendigo Bank BSB 633-000. Account 192546489.

You can now make payments to ATA using Pay ID. The PayID for ATA is its ABN: 74 248 483 468. This is the simplest and safest way when using on-line banking. You select PayID, enter the ABN number (without spaces), and you will get confirmation that the payment is going to the Australian Timetable Association. You do not need to remember or use the BSB and account number.

Writers needed for “The Times”

“The Times” our journal of historical articles and analysis requires articles. Geoff Lambert, editor of “The Times”, says all sorts of articles are welcome. Relevant timetables which accompany the articles are of interest. An Authors’ Guide is available on our website at www.timetable.org.au .

Possible New Premises for ATA

As it is unsustainable financially to remain at Kennards Huntingdale where the storage and working spaces are small, there is an urgency to find new premises. Darebin Council in north-central Melbourne invited us to inspect a former community health centre in Reservoir to assess its suitability for the ATA’s archives projects. This inspection took place on 28 April 2022, and the consensus is that it would be suitable. A submission has been sent to Darebin Council outlining our proposed use of the building, in accord with the Council’s requirements for a community lease. The property is at 89 Hughes Parade, Reservoir, a 20-minute walk from Keon Park Station. On 31 May Darebin Council advised that “The Australian Timetable Association has formally submitted a proposal to Darebin City Council requesting to lease one of its buildings. Council are considering the proposal however are yet to respond formally”.

Website Redevelopment

Transit Graphics have resumed work on development of the ATA’s website. The design of the website has been completed and paid for. Transit Graphics is now working on the setting up the website to replace the current website. Members of the Website Development Group have been given access to the new website as work on its development progresses. We will be advised when we are able to make comments. ATA portfolio officers will need to add text to the new website. When this work is completed, Transit Graphics will become the host for our website.

Agreement between ARHS and ATA

Discussions have been held between our Treasurer, Len Regan, and James Dalton, Manager, The Railway Archives, Australian Railway Historical Society. It is anticipated that both organisations will share timetable catalogues, surplus printed timetables, and digitised timetables. ARHS has extensive equipment and volunteer resources for digitising timetables. Any requests to obtain or purchase digital timetables will be forwarded to ARHS.

2022 Annual General Meeting Sydney Tramway Museum

Just a reminder that Sunday 16 October 2022 has been set as the date of the 2022 ATA Annual General Meeting. The Sydney Tramway Museum is situated adjacent to Loftus Station.

Hilaire Fraser, 0409 463 209

May 2022

Membership Renewal 2022 – 2023

Normally a Membership Renewal form for the following financial year is sent with the May mailout. However, these will be sent out in the June mailout this year as ATA is changing bank accounts and we expect this to be finalized by the beginning of June. Membership fees for 2022-2023 are $72 for normal Australian membership, $108 for overseas membership, $66 for membership with only electronic mailout and $36 for students. All members with an email address will also receive a Membership Renewal form by email – this caters for those who prefer the print version or email version.

Stephen Gray Memorial Distribution Service

The April Distribution List has received nine orders at the time of writing. Eight of these included orders for printed PTV bus timetables in the Frankston and Cranbourne regions effective February 2022, exhausting our supplies. Our thanks to Matthew Gibbins for obtaining and distributing these timetables. The May List will have Sydney Trains Easter Show working timetables and V/Line Easter and Anzac Day working timetables. In addition, there will be historic American train timetables from New York and Philadelphia and historic London Underground and bus maps. These historic timetables were supplied by Derek Scrafton.

Progress on the National Timetable Collection

The search for permanent premises continues. David Cranney, Agnes Boskovitz, John Kain, Jim Stokes, Peter Clark and Dale Budd have continued to meet regularly in Canberra to catalogue Victor Isaacs’ collection of timetables. A few boxes of Victorian material and bus timetables from all States have recently been received at Huntingdale as a result of this work. Geoff Hassall (Newcastle), Joel Taggart and Joe Hicks (Adelaide) have also volunteered to start cataloguing specific material. Richard May, Steven Haby, Geoff Mann and David Hennell are working on cataloguing in Melbourne.

Timetable Alert

We have previously included lists of recent electronic timetables in the Distribution List. However, this did not produce much interest and sometimes the links provided had changed by the time the list was published. In consultation with Len Regan, Steven Haby and Chris Pandlilovski a similar listing has now been provided in “Table Talk” under the heading Timetable Alert. In the April “Table Talk” Timetable Alert listed new Newcastle Transport timetables effective 3 April 2020. In the May issue Translink Gold Coast timetables 9 August 2021 reissued in the new neon pink colour scheme are listed as well as March 2020 Greyhound timetables. Timetables can be downloaded from the appropriate website.

Hilaire Fraser, 0409 463 209

April 2022

Assistance Required for Cataloguing the National Timetable Collection

The Association is preparing the National Timetable Collection to be housed at the State Library of Victoria. This will involve receiving timetables donated from private collections and sending them to a place where they can be publicly accessed. This will be of interest to those doing historical research to see the extent and frequency of public transport at various times. It could also be of assistance to those researching their family history and even cold crime cases! Victorian members have worked on sorting and cataloguing the National Timetable collection at ATA premises at Prahran, South Yarra and now Huntingdale, and at home. Some Sydney members had a session before the 2020 Covid lockdown. If you are interested in cataloguing timetables for the NTC individually or with other members please contact Len Regan, or 0409 209 114. Len can send you some timetables to catalogue and arrange for instruction for the computer cataloguing process.

Stephen Gray Memorial Distribution Service

The March Distribution List has received over twenty orders. The Sydney Trains and NSW Trains working timetables and rosters received much interest as well as printed Melbourne Metro and V/Line commuter and regional timetables. Limited stock items from Switzerland, Slovakia, Romania, United Kingdom, and Germany have also received orders. The April List will have PTV bus timetables effective 13 February 2022 in conjunction with the new Cranbourne & Pakenham Line and Frankston Line timetables.

Online Timetables

Australian transport organizations provide online timetables of varying usefulness. Translink Queensland, Transperth, Adelaide Metro, Metro Tasmania, Transport Tasmania, and Transport Canberra have electronic timetables in a format similar to former printed timetables. Thus, they can be readily printed at home if required. However, many Transperth timetables have very smaller print when reduced to A4 for printing. PTV online timetables show every stop and can be cumbersome on screen and lengthy to print. For instance, the 246 Clifton Hill to Elsternwick timetable comprises twenty-seven pages. The route maps are generated on demand and could not be printed. A big plus is the PTV app which on opening can show the times for all transport modes departing shortly from your current location. The print on demand timetables provided in our distribution service show major stops and have a good route map. The Transport for NSW online bus timetables only show a single route and a number of timetables are necessary to find your next bus in a common corridor. For instance, the 100 City-QVB to Taronga Zoo timetable is 22 pages in length. However, it does have a helpful route map which details the common corridor routes 228, 229, and 230 from Milsons Point and 100, 243, 246, 249 from Sydney City.

Hilaire Fraser, 0409 463 209

March 2022

Membership Fees are Changing

The Association’s annual Membership Fee of $60 has remained unchanged since 2011 – that’s 11 years without any increase. Due to inflation, $60 in 2011 is the same as $75 today. ATA is also taking into consideration actual and possible future postage increases in the next 12-18 months. Thus, an increase in fees is inevitable. The Committee debated this at its meeting on 16 February 2022 and has decided that this time has now come.

In recent years, the Association has embarked on some major projects including the National Timetable Collection and upgrading its website. It has invested funds in a computer system, and it has to pay rent to store its timetable collections and archives. It has retained the quality production each month of The Times and Table Talk magazines and continues to provide a monthly Distribution List and Auction.

A new schedule of membership fees will apply from 1 July 2022 and will be included in the Membership Renewal forms sent out in May 2022. A discount on the normal fee will be available for those who receive the monthly mailouts by email rather than by post. This is the new fees schedule.

Annual Monthly
Australian Member $72 $6.00
Australian Member with only email mailout $66 $5.50
Australian Student Member (aged under 25 years) $36 $3.00
International Member $108 $9.00
International Member with only email mailout $66 $5.50

With full colour and electronic links, the electronic versions of our magazines are of a higher quality compared with the print versions. At present our printed magazines are only in black and white and even when ATA has its own printer our printed magazines will only have a limited number of coloured pages. In the long run savings on postage, stationery and administration costs will be of great benefit. While there will be a reduction in mailout printing costs when members switch to digital mailout, a reduction in postage costs may not occur immediately due to the arrangements for Print Post. Accordingly, the discount for digital mailout may need to be reviewed in future years.

Hilaire Fraser, 0409 463 209

February 2022

The National Timetable Collection Workshop Has Moved!

January 5 began a new chapter in the work on ATA projects in Melbourne. On this day the move of all the NTC boxes, ATA archives and furniture from Hawker, our previous base at South Yarra, to Hookina was completed. Hookina is our name for Unit F24 at Kennards Self Storage, 1317 North Rd, Huntingdale, a short walk east from Huntingdale Station. Hookina is the next station after Hawker on the Commonwealth Railways former narrow-gauge railway. Six ATA members were involved in the move.

Our regular working bees commenced at Hookina from Saturday 8 January, nominally from 10.00am to 4.00pm with a break for lunch at about 1.00pm. At this stage the working bees will be held each Saturday. There will also be working bees on some Thursdays. Initially, there was some unpacking and reorganisation to do in the Hookina storage unit, but normally the working bees will be conducted in the spacious Meeting Room that is provided free of charge. The Meeting Room is adjacent to a spacious kitchen where tea and coffee is available free, and there is a fridge and microwave that can be used on the day. The Huntingdale shopping centre is 2 blocks away with plenty of take-away food options. We will resume work on sorting through the various collections we have received, selecting and cataloguing the timetables for the NTC, and storing or discarding any duplicates. If you can help on any particular day, can please let Len Regan (0409 209 114) know so that we can plan ahead and get a specific project ready for you. Every reasonable precaution is being taken to provide a Covid safe working environment. Our unit is F24, on the ground floor, close to the Meeting Room where we will be doing our regular work.

The Year Ahead

2022 appears to be a relatively quiet year for transport developments. However, we can expect the opening of the new Forrestfield-Airport Rail Line in Perth. New stations will be provided at Redcliffe, Airport Central and High Wycombe. The bus network will be reconfigured to feed the new line. In NSW reviews of bus networks in Queanbeyan and Lismore are underway. This follows new networks already implemented in Tweed Heads (December 2019), Wagga Wagga (March 2020) and Bathurst (June 2021). On April 3 Transdev John Holland will takeover State Transit’s bus network in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. This is the last of the four Sydney regions previously operated by State Transit to be privatized.

Hilaire Fraser, 0409 463 209

January 2022

Relocation of The National Timetable Collection

Due to congestion for storage and workspace at PMI, and to respect the COVID-19 work restrictions, alternative premises were obtained at 14 Wilson St, South Yarra, and the Collections and Archives were moved there on 24 April 2021. Our premises were part of a former Call Centre with desks and chairs provided. These premises have been called Hawker; a name taken from the next station after Wilson on the Commonwealth Railways former narrow-gauge railway. These premises were acquired by a new owner on 14 December 2021 who plans to demolish the building. New Storage for the National Timetable Collection has been found at Kennards Storage at Huntingdale from 29 December, and the NTC and Archives will be moved there on 5 January 2022. At Huntingdale ATA has rented a space six metres by three metres. We also have access to conference rooms, a communal kitchen, and a bathroom. Our storage facility is 500 metres from Huntingdale Station and a range of eateries are nearby. It is planned to call the new facility Hookina, a name taken from the next station after Hawker on the Commonwealth Railways former narrow-gauge railway.

2022 Annual General Meeting Sydney Tramway Museum

Sunday 16 October 2022 has been set as the date of the 2022 ATA Annual General Meeting. The Sydney Tramway Museum is situated adjacent to Loftus Station. Our program will commence from 10.30am. For a cost of $15 per participant we will be provided with a museum tour, unlimited tram rides and the use of a conference space at the Sutherland substation. The substation also houses several exhibits. Lunch is planned for 12.30pm at Café 2232 Loftus, on the other side of the station. Our AGM will commence at 2pm at the substation. Participants are welcome to join at any time during the day.

Stephen Gray Memorial Distribution Service

Hopefully the January list will be of great interest. It contains two sets of Melbourne printed bus timetables effective September 2021. Printed timetables also cover Transperth bus services effective 10 October 2021 and recent Transwa bus timetables. Some Perth Metronet Project brochures are also available. There are also links to many online bus and ferry timetables covering Ballarat, Rural SA, Rural NSW, Interstate Greyhound timetables and Far North Queensland and other services. In the recent December List, the Sydney Trains working timetables proved popular along with items detailing recent Sydney South-Eastern bus service changes effective 5 December 2021.