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December 2022

National Timetable Collection

The National Timetable Collection now has a new permanent home.

Following a suggestion from Graham Currie, Public Transport Research Centre at Monash University, we have been able to secure permanent accommodation at CAVAL, a purpose-built library archival facility in the grounds of La Trobe University at Bundoora.

The National Timetable Collection was transferred there on 31 October 2022. All the 385 timetable bins and boxes are stored in geographic order on 52 shelves in 6 bays within the high-security CAVAL facility. All bins and boxes are individually accessible – there is no double stacking. The ATA computer has been setup permanently and can be accessed easily during any working session. This has made a huge improvement to the efficiency of the way we can work regularly on the National Timetable Collection.

We have signed a one-year agreement from 1 November 2022, with the expectation of annual extensions. The annual fee is expensive but affordable. Fund raising and donations will still be needed. The quality and location of the NTC storage may make ATA eligible for funding grants and support. This has yet to be explored.

Security in the CAVAL building is tight but effective. We are required to advise CAVAL of the name, mobile phone number and email address of any ATA member attending CAVAL in advance. Each person must sign in and out for every visit.

We have started with weekly working bees on Thursdays – this will be reviewed as we settle in. The facility is not accessible on Saturdays.

The storage of ATA archives will be transferred to CAVAL when space is available – probably early in the new year.

ATA’s name for its storage facility at CAVAL is known as “Mern Merna”, after the next station beyond Hookina on the former narrow gauge Central Australia line.

The storage of ATA’s stock of overseas timetables, transport books, transport magazines and office furniture has been transferred to Steven Haby’s garage in Federation Walk Hughesdale – to be known as “Federation”. All stock is now accessible directly without any double stacking. For the first time in recent years, we are now able to sort this material and make it available as needed for Auctions and other sale opportunities. For the time being, work at Federation will occur on Saturdays.

We are very grateful to Steven and his partner Katie for making a major part of their garage available for ATA storage.

Now that all this storage is stabilised and accessible, we are keen to encourage more ATA members to become involved with this project. There is a wide range of tasks available, including sorting, labelling, recording, cataloguing and packaging – both at Mern Merna and Federation. This is ATA’s major project – working on it can be very enjoyable and rewarding. If you wish to be involved, please contact Len Regan on 0409 209 114 and discuss what arrangements can be made to suit your interests.

The ATA are also keen to find ways to involve membership from other states and territories outside Victoria. Arrangements can be made with those membership groups to potentially assist the Victorian working group with cataloguing and sorting elements of the collection. If you have any ideas, suggestions, and/or possible spaces to do this in, please also contact Len Regan.

We all recognise that the National Timetable Collection has to embrace digital timetables as well as printed timetables. It is the information they contain that is what is important to retain.

Accordingly, I have set up the structure and protocols for retaining digital timetables in Dropbox on the ATA computer (known as Atacom). There is a folder in Dropbox where the files for digital timetables can be deposited. These files will then be relocated in specific folders for each State, Mode, Operator and Year.

To succeed, we need a competent member to manage the allocation of the digital timetable files for the National Timetable Collection on Dropbox. This can be done from home. ATA can arrange for computer access to its Dropbox account.

On 17 October 2022, Andrew James, Geoff Lambert and Len Regan met with James Dalton, General Manager of ARHS NSW. Significant progress was made in progressing our agreement for cooperative action on sharing resources, printed and digital railway timetables, railway ephemera, and stock catalogues.

Important Changes

Following the AGM in October 2022, there are some important changes to the management of some of ATA’s activities.

We welcome Michael Marshall as Distribution Manager. Michael will prepare the Distribution List each month and process all the orders. He replaces Hilaire Fraser who has sold his home in Miranda and is moving to his new home on the South Coast. We are very grateful for the diligent manner by which Hilaire has managed the Distribution List since May 2016.

We also welcome John Abrams as Assistant Treasurer. John will record all the financial transactions and manage the Distribution Service accounts. John’s accounting background will be a great asset to ATA. John’s work will allow Len Regan as Treasurer to concentrate more on the National Timetable Collection. We are very grateful that John has accepted this new position on the ATA Committee.

Vale Ian Brady

We were saddened by the news that Ian Brady passed away on 9 November 2022.

ATA member Jim Wells delivered the eulogy at Ian’s Memorial Service on 23 November. In it he quoted from the sympathy we sent to Ian’s wife Barbara. “Ian was a dedicated member of the Association for over 16 years. In that time he endeared himself to many members who enjoyed his company and his enthusiastic interest in timetables. He willingly passed on his knowledge and experience to those who wished to get a greater understanding of how our train and tram systems worked. At the same time he remained keen to improve his own knowledge of the new operating systems that were constantly being introduced”.

Ian has been a prolific contributor to ATA projects from as far back as 2017, and probably earlier than this. Much of his timetable collection has been bequeathed to National Timetable Collection over the years, and for this we are very grateful.

He had a vast collection of railway working timetables, not only for Australia but also from overseas. He had a particular interest in German railway timetables. We will always remember him for his generous donation to ATA of the last printed Deutsche Bahn 2009 Railway Working Timetable, a magnificent box set 4-volume, 6048 page publication with gold lettering and gilt edges, weighing 10kg. This extremely valuable publication will be retained in the ATA archives.

Ian was keenly interested in the London Underground Working Timetables. He pursued many avenues to obtain them. When he could only get the digital versions, he would print them and get them bound. He studied these fascinating timetables in great detail.

Despite Ian’s ill-health and limited mobility in recent years he always retained his keen interest in timetables, and it was a pleasure to talk with him. Every time he provided more interesting information from his comprehensive background knowledge. Ian will be greatly missed.

ATA Committee Meeting 16 November 2022

Apart from the usual things discussed at Committee meetings, there was discussion about the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Australian Association of Timetable Collectors, the forerunner of ATA, in September 1983. Suggestions were made that commemorative articles will be included in The Times during 2023, and it may be possible to organise a commemorative event.

A special effort is being made to complete the upgrade of ATA’s website, with the aim of launching it early in 2023. There are also some discussions underway about the ATA’s social media presence, it’s value to the ATA and its future form. Part of this will include a review of the parameters within which the social media channels will be managed.

On behalf of the ATA Committee may I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year.

Thank you for your support and encouragement during 2022.

Andrew James
President

National Timetable Collection at CAVAL

Richard May uses the safety equipment to access the Collection

The Collection of 385 bins and boxes occupies 6 bays each with 9 shelves.

David Hennell and Richard May work on sorting timetables for the Collection

At Steven Haby’s garage in Hughesdale, Richard Talbot sorts the Association’s collection of overseas timetables, books and magazines.

November 2022

2022 Annual General Meeting, Sydney Tramway Museum, Sunday 16 October 2022

Our 2022 Annual General Meeting commenced at 2pm on Sunday October 2022 at the Sydney Tramway Museum. Our meeting was attended by three members from Victoria, ten from New South Wales and one from Canberra. The AGM was preceded by an informative tour of the museum display hall, depot and restoration workshop and lunch at Café 2232 Loftus.

Our AGM provided a time to look at some of the strengths of the ATA. The National Timetable Collection is a significant national project focusing on preserving documents that detail the historic and current workings of Australian Transport systems. “Table Talk” is a topical and informative publication detailing recent changes to transport schedules, mainly in Australia and New Zealand. Lately it has been enhanced by the reproduction of colour graphics through electronic distribution. The auction is well subscribed by members who seek access to past timetables and information. It is well organised and helps fund the activities of the ATA. The passion of members who generously donate timetables, volunteer their time, and support the organisation financially is greatly appreciated. The membership possesses a collective knowledge of and interest in transport, both historic and current, and includes members who work in the transport industry.

There are many opportunities for the ATA. Development within the digital space may give ATA a more professional analytical arena alongside a role as a collectors’ society, for example digital collection and archiving. The electronic production of “Table Talk” enables distribution to a wider audience. The further development of the website provides an opportunity to be visible in the community and to be acknowledged as a professional, relevant organization.

The AGM acknowledged Vance Findlay and Stephen Gray who had passed away during the year. Stephen contributed to the Distribution List and the NTC.

ATA finances showed an accrual deficit of $1586, $693 less than last year. Although distribution list and auction revenue had declined, $3633 had been received in donations, $3145 more than last year. Mailout costs were reduced by volunteer printing instead of commercial printing. Rental of premises for the NTC has been a major expense. Accounting has been streamlined with stationery and postages costs treated as a single item rather than being categorized as publications, NTC, distribution list and auction expenses. It is reasonable to hope that break-even or a small deficit may be possible in 2022-2023.

There had been a downturn in articles submitted for “The Times”. In view of this perhaps a less frequent publication may be warranted.

There has been a take up of the electronic mailout with 78 members now receiving this compared with 77 receiving their mailout by post (some members receive both versions). This has not resulted in significant cost savings but will do so when the number of print post items falls to below 65. Membership currently stands at 132. While five members have opted not to renew their membership, this was offset by two new members.

The ATA is appreciative of those who had contributed to work on the NTC during the year, particularly Agnes Boskovitz and her team in Canberra who had completed cataloguing of the extensive collection of Victor Isaacs. After looking for an appropriate place to house the work of the NTC for some time, an opportunity to use space at CAVAL adjacent to Latrobe University has been identified. Preparation for the move has commenced and should take place in early November. Overseas material and books which will not be part of the NTC will be stored and worked on in the garage of Steven Haby. A third batch containing 933 railway working timetables has recently been delivered to the State Library bringing to 4037 the number of items now in the library. Archiving and cataloguing of digital timetables remains an area of uncertainty. As a starting point, it would be good to have someone to save pdf timetable documents from transport operator’s websites for storage on the Association’s Drop Box folders.

The 40th anniversary of the Association occurs in September 2023 and Len Regan suggested that something be done to help celebrate this occasion. Asking original members to share thoughts on their time in the Association and updating and republishing the history of the ATA that was prepared by Victor Isaacs 10 years ago were suggested as possible options. A formal arrangement with ARHS NSW to share work and material related to timetables is also now in place.

The AGM resolved that there be up to eight ordinary committee members. The results of the Election of Office Bearers at the AGM for 2022-2023 were: - Andrew James (President), Steven Haby (Vice President), Richard May (Secretary), Len Regan (Treasurer), John Abrams, Derek Cheng, Hilaire Fraser, Matthew Gibbins, Geoff Lambert, Chris Pandilovski, Alex Sims, and Michael Vale (Ordinary Committee Members). Following the AGM the new committee was able to make the following appointments for 2022-2023:- Times Editor:- Geoff Lambert, Table Talk Editor:- Chris Pandilovski., Table Talk Bus Editor:- Steven Haby, Production Manager:- Steven Haby, Auctioneer:- Matthew Gibbins, Archives Officer:- Len Regan, Webmaster:- Alex Sims, Distribution Manager:- Michael Marshall, Membership Officer:- Len Regan and Assistant Treasurer:- John Abrams. John Abrams was welcomed to the committee and will assist Len Regan with the finances to allow Len to spend more time on the National Timetable Allocation. I did not seek renomination as president in 2022-2023 as Nerelle and I will be busy completing our new home on the South Coast and doing a great deal of travelling in our caravan thereafter. ATA endorses and supports our new president, Andrew James. Andrew will take over the Members’ News in December. Our thanks to Michael Marshall who has agreed to take over the role of Distribution manager.

Divisions in states other than NSW will be approached to host the 2023 (40th) AGM.

Following the meeting some members enjoyed a tram ride to the Royal National Park. Our thanks to Sydney Tramway Museum member David Critchley who conducted our museum tour and was our host for the day. Also, thanks to Andrew James for assisting with the organization, and our secretary Richard May for preparing the Annual Report and business, for our AGM.

Hilaire Fraser

Introducing our New President Andrew James

I am pleased to write to you all as the newly elected President of the Australian Timetable Association. I was somewhat surprised when I was put forward for the position, but having received enthusiastic endorsement and support from members, and the previous President, I am somewhat humbled. Hilaire has performed a sterling job in leading the ATA over the past six years, and now joins us as a committee member. I’m sure I speak for the membership in thanking him for his service to the ATA.

I appreciate that a number of the members outside Victoria may not know who I am. I have a lifelong passion for railway operations and have been very fortunate to have forged a career of 16 years so far, having held roles in New Zealand and Australia as onboard crew, Signaller, Driver, and most recently, Train Controller in Melbourne. I recognise that many members among us also have extensive industry experience, however, also understand that there is great knowledge and analytical skills among those who haven’t.

Timetables are more than a table of numbers, explaining when a train might show up to take you to work. They are more than a document to peruse to find out when certain trains will run to get glorious sun-soaked photographs for enthusiasts. One must dig deeper to understand the story they tell about the fabric of society and how that has changed over time. They speak to the social, political and economic environments of their time, and when viewed in the context of a period of time, describe both the progression and indeed regression of the same. As I referred in my presentation to SLUOC in 2019, you can start to understand how that drove policy creation and infrastructure development, and the raison d’être, asking such questions as “did the timetable decide future infrastructure, or did the infrastructure determine the timetable”. Australia and New Zealand have clear examples of both.

The ATA faces some of the biggest challenges it has ever faced in the short to medium term. The data output from many transport organisations has become increasingly digital in format, both public facing and internal. As a direct result, as we move forward, we will also need to transition away from physical artifacts to digital media. This presents both opportunities and challenges to the ATA as an organisation.

The ATA cannot change the course of progress within the Transport Industry, but it can lead for example within the collections and archival space. In time, we will be less constrained by physical space, but will also have to give strong consideration to our ability to be able to store, process and eventually distribute digital media. Going deeper, we also need to give due consideration to our ability to maintain digital records in an archival setting, not only for ourselves, but also with reference to the National Timetable Collection. It is without question that the NTC is the organisation’s primary activity, and will be for the foreseeable future, of at least the next five years. Even then, once it’s “done”, the work may not actually ever be complete, as the timeline of history never stops. As things stand right now, not many organisations are set up to handle mass data as a collection to be protected and maintained, and this is likely to become an activity we have to lead and champion moving forward. I have long argued that digital media is as crucially important to the national collection as our physical artifacts, and therefore we must work with other agencies including the State Library of Victoria to recognise our digital media and establish a platform on which to maintain and protect those items for future generations.

The ATA faces some other uncertainties, particularly in the space of membership and manpower. Broadly speaking, we do have an aging membership, and finding volunteers to commit their valuable time and energies to the ATA is proving a challenge. The ATA is far from unique in both challenges. There is some hope in a number of applications from younger members over the last couple of years, and I fully intend to engage with this group to understand their perspectives, and how we as an organisation can make ourselves more relevant. I appreciate that, at the grand old age of 35 I am among the younger members of the ATA, but some of the more recent members from Victoria and South Australia are approximately half my age. I consider myself fairly tech savvy, but even this generational divide is quite obvious. We also have to recognise that many people in society are time poor, for a variety of reasons. I’m certainly no exception as a full time shift worker.

The ATA also has a decision to make about its identity. I believe the ATA actually has two, which serve very different functions. Internally, we are a group of transport enthusiasts and professionals (past and present) with a passion for detail, especially in transport operations, and invested in the core knowledge involved. Externally, the ATA is a professional body of transport analysts who are able to inform on a wide breadth of subject matter in both current and historical contexts. Further, as the holder of the NTC, we have access to a vast collection of material to inform, comment, analyse and inspire debate on many aspects of Society, Public and Private Policy, Politics and Economics. The public facing aspects of the ATA will play an enormous role in displaying and putting forward that identity, so it is crucial we get this right at the start. The website will be the most visible aspect. It must inform, while also being welcoming. Social media will also play a critical function, especially in targeting the younger generation, particularly in membership recruitment. Much work must be done in this space.

Offsetting the uncertainties mentioned above, I am delighted to support Len in advising the membership that we have finally secured a permanent home for the NTC and its supporting activities. CAVAL, on the grounds of La Trobe University is a purpose built, professional and secure facility for the storage and sharing of collections and artifacts from some of the most prestigious universities and libraries across Australia, and I am delighted that they have invited our organisation to lease space at their facility. I do advise that, as this is indeed a secure facility which houses some priceless artifacts, there are stringent conditions on accessing this facility. Any member intending to assist with the work of the NTC must contact Len for further details. Please do not turn up unannounced, as you will not be able to access the building.

I have signalled the intention to the new Executive to meet and develop a policy framework for the ATA, to present for endorsement to the Committee. This doesn’t need to be too rigid or formal, but I believe there is value in deciding and documenting the direction the ATA wants to head in as an organisation, and help the ATA decide the relative task priorities and determine what is important to the ATA. It is likely that the ATA is already doing a lot of what will shape that policy framework, but I feel that having this documented will help the organisation remain transparent with its members and provide a supporting document for the membership to get behind. Once this is endorsed by the Committee, I will definitely be sharing this with the membership.

I am also working on a proposal to put to the Sydney Branch of the ATA for a new home for their chapter, which I hope to share soon. It will be entirely up to the Sydney members whether this option will be suitable for them, however if this is of any help to the Sydney Chapter, then I would be pleased to assist.

Going forward, the organisation will continue to have some significant overhead expenditure, however I believe this expenditure is absolutely necessary to fund and permit activities associated with protection and archiving of the NTC. I believe this is currently being responsibly achieved, however the financial contributions via membership fees, income from the distribution lists and donations will continue to be of vital importance. It is my intention to have the NTC formally recognised as a collection of national significance, and this could open up further opportunities for the awarding of grant applications to the ATA for NTC related activities. I hope to be able to report on this in the near future.

Yours loyally
Andrew James
President

New Members

We welcome new members to ATA:

  • Michael Menzies, Geelong Victoria
  • Sean Menzies, Essex UK
  • Glenn Jackson-Bethell, Baulkham Hills NSW

ATA membership is now 133.

October 2022

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.

Distribution List Report

The August List received nineteen orders. Supplies of PTV Melbourne and Geelong bus timetables were exhausted, and the V/Line network plan and Victorian rail trail leaflets were popular. It is expected that the September List will receive a similar number of orders with the updated V/Line plan and V/Line pocket timetables popular. Historical V/Line and South Australian limited stock timetables have been of interest. The October List will have some more PTV Werribee and Transperth bus timetables, as well as Nowra bus timetables effective 26 August, 2022.

Changes to Distribution List Closing date for Limited Items

To make Distribution List management easier for our Treasurer and provide a speedier service to our members, a change to the closing date for limited items will occur from the October Distribution List. Our electronic and postal mailouts occur on the first Monday of the month and the closing date for limited items will occur on the Friday of the following week. Thus, the October mailout is scheduled for Monday October 3, not a public holiday in Victoria, and the closing date for limited items will be Friday October 14. At this time the Distribution Manager will allocate limited items and the complete order will be processed, including unlimited items. Any limited items not processed at this time will continue to be available on a first come basis. This change will eliminate the need for the Treasurer to process an order a second time to allow for the allocation of limited items. It will also provide a timely reconciliation of accounts by the end of each month. Allowing for the extension of the closing date following Covid, the new procedure will not be much different to that before Covid. Orders could be sent by email or post or rung through to be received before the closing date.

Members Contact Details

The annual list of ATA Members and their contact details will be included in the October 2022 mailout.

Hilaire Fraser, 0409 463 209

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.