My experiences on Thursday
On Thursday, I undertook my first ever trip on a Spark to Sunbury, and naturally got to check out all of the works and diversion services as well.
At Flemington Racecourse,
++I noticed the lack of ticket-tocuh-devices, so I could not touch off at the station. Whatever people say, instincts say to touch off at Albion, so you would need to touch on again at Flemington Racecourse. So the feat that would be in peoples mind would be bad.
++Why do they not set this up on a more long term basis, so they can make use of this location in the case of emergency shutdowns at any time they happen.
The ride on a Grenda liveried bus was fine. By the way, I did touch on and off in the bus just for the sake of it.
++Just missed what I would guess to be a Sunbury train, but noticed an interesting headlight from the Sunshine direction while I was on the pedestrian overpass.
++Northbound NR87 and NR96 soon made their way through with the Intermodal train.
++I could see clearly, they are replacing the overhead staunchens between Albion and Sunshine, with a great deal of the masts having been put up.
++Got the next spark to Watergardens changed there, and the next one on to Sunbury.
++We got held just on arrival at Sunbury also. I wonder why they had so many sparks on the Sunbury line.
++My return came via a route #500 bus to Melbourne Airport, #901 to South Morang, then train home. So, I got my first ride on both lines on the same day.