the cityrail in sydney
During my holiday in Sydney, we used the CityRail extensively and I would say it has left me quite an impression.
People living in efficiency-demanding Singapore should be familiar with hi-tech unmanned rolling stocks or the shiny platform screen doors. But in Sydney we saw some old trains and even older stations. There were station masters blowing the whistle to signal for departure, and every few cars there were crews standing at the driving compartment door. The were vandalism on the train body, carvings on the windows. You can't just board any train that stops at the station, cos one platform serves many lines, and you actually can reach the same destination boarding the train at opposing sides of the platform.
But that's not the point. The point is, I enjoyed the experience!
The trains themselves are unique. How often do we see double-deck for metro-style railway? The trains are exceptionally quiet, somehow. And they stick to the timetable, which you can check online. Some of the drivers wear shorts, which I find kind of cute. As a bonus track, we witnessed a scene of love story :P A guy was chasing after his lover (can't remember if he had flowers in hand), they entered from the front door, and ran out from the next door.
These are the things you can't find in unique Singapore.