Inaccuracies in news items

 
  NotebookMan Assistant Commissioner

Location: Wahroonga NSW
A recent example of inaccuracy is the following news item

https://www.railpage.com.au/news/s/flood-damage-to-hunter-line-disrupts-passengers

This item refers to the washaway at Oakhampton, and wrongly states as follows:

"The section of track is part of the Hunter Line, which is used to transport commuters between Newcastle and Scone."

The use of Newcastle as a euphemism for Hamilton would not please opponents of the suspension of services on the Newcastle-Hamilton line (and I am one of them), but the real error is that Oakhampton lies on the line to Dungog.

The absence of an attribution for this news item gives the impression that Railpage is responsible for this error, whereas it has all the hallmarks of sloppy journalism in the source from which the item was taken.

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  seb2351 Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
A recent example of inaccuracy is the following news item

https://www.railpage.com.au/news/s/flood-damage-to-hunter-line-disrupts-passengers

This item refers to the washaway at Oakhampton, and wrongly states as follows:

"The section of track is part of the Hunter Line, which is used to transport commuters between Newcastle and Scone."

The use of Newcastle as a euphemism for Hamilton would not please opponents of the suspension of services on the Newcastle-Hamilton line (and I am one of them), but the real error is that Oakhampton lies on the line to Dungog.

The absence of an attribution for this news item gives the impression that Railpage is responsible for this error, whereas it has all the hallmarks of sloppy journalism in the source from which the item was taken.
NotebookMan
I disagree with the way that the news articles are presented on this site, BUT there is a source link, you need to keep scrolling down to the bottom of the page  to reveal it is the Maitland Mercury who wove this journalistic delight.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
A recent example of inaccuracy is the following news item

https://www.railpage.com.au/news/s/flood-damage-to-hunter-line-disrupts-passengers

This item refers to the washaway at Oakhampton, and wrongly states as follows:

"The section of track is part of the Hunter Line, which is used to transport commuters between Newcastle and Scone."

The use of Newcastle as a euphemism for Hamilton would not please opponents of the suspension of services on the Newcastle-Hamilton line (and I am one of them), but the real error is that Oakhampton lies on the line to Dungog.

The absence of an attribution for this news item gives the impression that Railpage is responsible for this error, whereas it has all the hallmarks of sloppy journalism in the source from which the item was taken.
NotebookMan
So how much are you willing to pay for someone to fix up these inaccuracies?
  donttellmywife Chief Commissioner

Location: Antofagasta
This item refers to the washaway at Oakhampton, and wrongly states as follows:

"The section of track is part of the Hunter Line, which is used to transport commuters between Newcastle and Scone."
NotebookMan
The section of track is part of the Hunter Line (they are referring to the passenger service concept, not the physical infrastructure).

The Hunter Line is used to transport commuters between Newcastle and Scone.

That section of track is not part of the section of the Hunter Line that is used to transport commuters between Newcastle and Scone, but, given the comma, I think the sentence is correct, though poorly chosen.

(And NSW TrainLink is the agency responsible for the passenger service, in case you want to start an "Inaccuracies in posts claiming inaccuracies" thread.)
  Edith Chief Commissioner

Location: Line 1 from Porte de Vincennes bound for Bastille station
It is an artifact of the under resourcing of news media and the pace of the news cycle to get something out quickly.  No time to check it, as it will be forgotten by tomorrow.  Also the reporters share the biases and lack of knowledge of the general public. Perhaps they do not even care.  It is obvious when they talk of trains hitting cars on level crossings, as if it is the train driver's fault.
  seb2351 Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
It is obvious when they talk of trains hitting cars on level crossings, as if it is the train driver's fault.
Edith
Hmmmmmm, a tangent here but there are times when train drivers are to blame for incidents at level crossings. A recent occurrence in WA in the last week comes to mind straight away.

I mean, I know train drivers are god like, but we are infallible like the underling mortals we transport around Razz
  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!

Location: Melbourne
I've made a change to how article sources are displayed, following feedback from seb. Hope that makes everyone happy Smile
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
I've made a change to how article sources are displayed, following feedback from seb. Hope that makes everyone happy Smile
michaelgreenhill
Feel free to send Notebook Man the bill Razz

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