Talk:Victoria (state)

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V/Line paper tickets (Australia)[edit]

Swept in from the pub

Hi all, I'm more than a bit confused after trying to read into V/Line's paper ticketing system. V/Line operates regional trains in Victoria, some of which operate on a paper ticketing system, where you either have to physically purchase a ticket at an outlet or station, or book it online and take that booking to a station or outlet to get your physical ticket. On the Stratford (Victoria) page, I left an explanation that, if you wanted to travel by train, that there were no ticket outlets in the town, and so no way to book a return ticket while there, given the train station has no staff. AlasdairW pointed out to me that the PTV (Public Transport Victoria) website tells that "If you get on at an unstaffed V/Line station or roadside coach stop, you can buy a ticket from the train conductor or coach driver."

At the time, I did ring up PTV to check, and they confirmed this, but forgot to ask about what forms of payment were accepted, so I rung back up today (much delayed), but I was told — at least for the example of Stratford that I gave — that you could present your online booking and they'd accept it, and he seemed to imply that you couldn't just go onto the train and book a ticket with the conductor. I'm not sure what to do now — I was going to clarify the article, but I don't want to give out potentially wrong information. --LivelyRatification (talk) 21:06, 14 June 2021 (UTC)

@Vaticidalprophet: - do you know anything else? SHB2000 (talk | contribs | en.wikipedia) 21:29, 14 June 2021 (UTC)
Thank you for trying, I hadn't expected this to be quite so difficult to answer. I am not familiar with trains in Victoria, but it is common in the UK to buy your ticket on the train if you board a local train at a station without a ticket office or machine. In the UK you can pay by cash or card, as the conductor has a hand-held ticket machine. I have also bought a ticket from the conductor in New Zealand (Wellington). It is helpful to know that online bookings can be shown on the train. AlasdairW (talk) 21:48, 14 June 2021 (UTC)
Next time I'm on said train, which should be fairly soon, I will try and ask, but I can't provide any input based on previous experience, given that I'd already bought my paper ticket by the time I took the train back from Stratford. --LivelyRatification (talk) 22:36, 14 June 2021 (UTC)

Alternate banner for this article[edit]

I am proposing to change the banner to this one. If there were just the current banner of rolling plains and hay, I'd not want to visit Victoria. SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 06:59, 16 July 2021 (UTC)

Proposed alternate banner
That banner looks like it'll be pretty unsharp at full size (150%). I would think we could do better. Ikan Kekek (talk) 08:01, 16 July 2021 (UTC)
The new banner doesn't meet the minimum pixel size requirements, so it isn't suitable. However I do like the idea of changing to a view like that. AlasdairW (talk) 20:05, 22 July 2021 (UTC)
@Ikan Kekek, AlasdairW: how about a view like this: File:Victoria (state) banner new.jpg? SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 01:33, 23 July 2021 (UTC)
Hazy and not very sharp. -- Ikan Kekek (talk) 05:01, 23 July 2021 (UTC)
In my opinion, it's quite hard to take a photo of the 12 Apostles, as all of my personal photos have this issue as well. SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 07:40, 23 July 2021 (UTC)
OK, but that doesn't bear on which banner is better. Ikan Kekek (talk) 08:15, 23 July 2021 (UTC)
This is better, but doesn't meet the requirements in Wikivoyage:Banners - "Banners should be as wide as possible and need to be at least 1800 pixels wide in order to accommodate wide screens. The recommended minimum dimensions are 2100 x 300 pixels." AlasdairW (talk) 13:16, 23 July 2021 (UTC)
@Ikan Kekek, AlasdairW: How about this one? SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 02:18, 20 August 2021 (UTC)
Old existing banner
New new banner
It's not as picturesque a view as the 12 Apostles, but it's good and better quality, so I'd be happy with it. Ikan Kekek (talk) 02:51, 20 August 2021 (UTC)
The 12 apostles are quite hard to take since to get a perfect shot, often they're drone shots, and not taken down from the beach. I've tried and failed, but I don't take drone photography much anymore. SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 03:35, 20 August 2021 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Yes Done, but if I find a better photo of the 12 apostles, then we may as well consider. SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 11:08, 25 August 2021 (UTC)