So I ask the station attendant, where can I top this up?
Patterson, it has a machine.
In fact, Patterson has two. If you look closely at the photo, you can see a machine on Platform 3. Platform 3 is only used Monday –> Friday; during the morning peak hour services. Now, of the 430ish Frankston bound trains which stop at Paterson Railway Station, only 5% of those trains use Platform 3.
So how heavily used is that Myki CVM? I can tell you. It’s only had 8 top-up transactions since being installed. I can’t help thinking it would be better placed at Moorabbin.
And in case you think this is a bit of (further) Myki bashing, the CVM on Platform 1/2? 180 top-up transactions over the same time period.