THOUSANDS of seats will be removed from Melbourne's existing trains over the next two years by new operator Metro to squeeze in more passengers.
And the trouble-plagued air-conditioning units on the city's 92 Comeng trains - which failed dramatically in last summer's heat - will not need to be completely overhauled for another six years.
A train bound for Pakenham broke down at 4.30pm this afternoon at Berwick, blocking peak-hour services on Metro Trains’ first day of operating the Melbourne rail system.
The breakdown has forced the new operator to run buses between Dandenong and Pakenham in both directions. It has advised patrons to expect major delays.
TASRAIL has warned of Friday madness on the state's railways as motorists and pedestrians foolishly risk their lives with moving trains. Last Friday an impatient motorist overtook a waiting vehicle at a railway crossing and missed a moving train by just three metres.
A bomb has exploded under a passenger train in Russia's troubled Dagestan but no one has been killed, police said.
The attack comes just days after a similar blast killed 26 passengers on a train from Moscow to St Petersburg.
A train with eight passenger carriages was travelling from Siberian oil town Tyumen to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, when the bomb went off.