Some machines have been starting to appear on platforms across the rail network.
They are HOP ticket machines and will be used to top up HOP cards as well as issue paper tickets and this is what each of the various parts of it are for.
My understanding is that there will be at least one machine per platform which means that at stations with side platforms there will be two although I have heard that not all machines will have all of the features like Eftpos. What this means is that at some stations like my local one, almost no one that gets on and heads further west so it shouldn’t be a big deal if it doesn’t have the Eftpos facilities.
I guess the biggest concern with these is that they are going to damaged pretty quickly by idiots so I hope there is a plan to keep them maintained to a high level, and I especially hope that the touch screen has some tough glass on it. As for when they will come into use, that is still the great unknown but I am hearing rumours that it could be as soon as the middle of August.