Graeme the Cat is a Trainspotting Rockstar

Graeme the Melbourne Train Station Cat visits with Amelia

First there was Tama, a calico who rode a wave of pawpularity when she became the stationmaster at the Kishi Station in Kinokawa, Wakayama, Japan. She did such a superior job of increasing ridership that in January 2010 railway officials promoted her to the post of “Operating Officer.” Tama is the first cat to become an executive of a railroad corporation.

Now, in Melbourne Australia, another cat has his sights set on a brilliant railroading career.

Graeme Riley welcomes passengers on the Hurstbridge line each morning and evening. Commuters know him by name and never fail to greet him and if time purrmits, give him a loving scritch or two.

He has an innate safety sense, being very careful to cross to the train platform via the subway rather than short-cutting it across the tracks.

Graeme the Melbourne Train Station Cat visits with a commuter

In the evenings, Graeme always arrives at the platform in time to welcome his lady, Nicole Weinrich, home from work.

“He always seems to know which train carriage I am on and will be sitting there behind the yellow line when the doors open,” Ms Weinrich said. “He is an amazing cat.”

At 12 years old, Graeme’s a bit of a late bloomer. He led a rough-and-tumble life on the streets before being adopted from the RSPCA’s death row about six years ago.

Commuter Damien Dempsey says that Graeme is very regal. “He’s kind of aloof but in a nice way.”

Like most ambitious working cats, Graeme has his own Facebook page with several hundred friends.

“Half of them we don’t even know,” Weinrich says.


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Karen Nichols is a Pet Industry Influencer, Publisher and Multimedia Designer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has over 15 years of experience in the Internet Industry as a User Experience Analyst and Interaction Design Consultant. She's blogged professionally for nine years, and is a respected expert in social media, web analytics, online branding and Wordpress design and development. She's a popular speaker at pet industry conferences. In 2013, she won the BlogPaws social media awards for Best Cat Blog and Best video. In 2012, Karen won the Best Blog Design award for She was one of seven finalists in the national Purina Cat Chow Correspondent search in 2010. She has been a spokesperson for Friskies and judge of the 2012 "The Friskies" video contest, and a juror for the Internet Cat Video Festival. Karen is a member of the Cat Writer's Association, Women in the Pet Industry, the IAABC, The Interactive Design Association and the North Bay Multimedia Association.

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  1. Max says:

    I wonder if he gets to spend his own paycheck…


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