Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2012

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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2012

Postby Bradley » Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:22 pm

New X'trap 143M-1372T-144M-141M-1371T-142M now in servive & ran the 3.55pm down Glen Waverley at Flinders St Station today (3 April).

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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2012

Postby Willie » Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:55 pm

Plenty of Christensons, Endeavour and Dysons in Southern Cross tonight
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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2012

Postby Gauntlet » Tue Apr 03, 2012 11:04 pm

At about 7:00pm the lights in the underpass at Blackburn station weren't working so they had somebody standing at the bottom of the ramp to the island platform shining a torch so people could see where they were going.

I don't know if people had to "wait for the light to change" if they wanted to go to/from the other direction.
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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2012

Postby msheldrick » Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:01 pm

EDI Comeng's are now making Myki announcements, this one went off at Box Hill Station and continued scrolling the message until Camberwell (Express Train)

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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2012

Postby Luke » Thu Apr 05, 2012 7:11 pm

Yup, Heard it at Bentleigh on Tuesday.
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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2012

Postby hungho95 » Tue Apr 10, 2012 1:13 pm

Geelong line suspended at the moment due to track fault. Williamstown line suspended due to train fault
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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2012

Postby Alex on the Bus » Tue Apr 10, 2012 7:28 pm

hungho95 wrote:Geelong line suspended at the moment due to track fault. Williamstown line suspended due to train fault

Trains are out until 11AM tomorrow - everything's out of position so it will take that long to get everything back in place.
In your guts, you know he's nuts.
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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2012

Postby hungho95 » Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:01 pm

http://photobucket.com/GeelongLinerailreplacements
pictures of buses on rail toady for geelong
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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2012

Postby krustyklo » Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:42 pm

http://photobucket.com/GeelongLinerailreplacements
pictures of buses on rail toady for geelong


Gosh, bags not riding to Geelong on the tourist shuttle...
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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2012

Postby hungho95 » Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:01 pm

krustyklo wrote:
http://photobucket.com/GeelongLinerailreplacements
pictures of buses on rail toady for geelong


Gosh, bags not riding to Geelong on the tourist shuttle...


it was full with people standing when it left
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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2012

Postby krustyklo » Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:06 pm

it was full with people standing when it left


Doesn't make the journey any more enjoyable.
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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2012

Postby adrian » Wed Apr 11, 2012 8:23 am

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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2012

Postby Apollo » Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:57 am

Some nice footage for Crown on the tv there Adrian! :wink:

I understand the frustration for passengers in the afternoon peak hour. But all the hype about morning chaos. Its all a bit dramatic. Assuming the traffic is not at a standstill on the Geelong fwy. Its actually slightly quicker by bus going express from Geelong - Melbourne than going via the train. A few years ago i drove a Express trip from Geelong station - Southern Cross departing at approx 8am. It was an overload bus to the train for passengers who didnt have reserved seats. Most passengers didnt want to come on the bus and elected to stand on the train, i carried about 10 people to Melbourne and to start with they were annoyed to be going on the bus, but suddenly annoyance turned to happiness when i arrived at Southern Cross at least 10 minutes before the train would have. & they got a nice clean comfotable coach.

People will just whinge at anything that ruins their daily routine & are quick to abuse those who are there helping them get home or to work.

I was out there watching & getting photos of the buses coming in this morning and all seemed to be quite well organised and ran very smoothly.
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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2012

Postby hungho95 » Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:08 am

South Morang station: A smoother ride beckons
WITH less than two weeks until the South Morang train station opens, residents have been invited to look at the facilities, meet their station master and even take a ride.

Public Transport Victoria chief Ian Dobbs said the gates to the new station would open from 10am to noon on Saturday, April 14 to give residents the chance to get a closer look before full sevices start.

Part of the open day will include a free shuttle train between South Morang and Epping stations.

The launch of regular services from South Morang on April 22 will mark the end of more than a year of work and the project's last stage, the 3.5 kilometre extension of double tracks from Epping.

The South Morang project aims to improve public transport to a rapidly growing area.

The new station will offer parking for 450 cars, bike cages and an integrated bus interchange.
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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2012

Postby Craig » Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:49 am

Several small community events this weekend to mark 150 years of the Geelong - Ballarat train line.

See - http://www.geelongballaratrail150.org.au/program.html for details.

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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2012

Postby haydenthegunzel » Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:30 pm

New X'Trapolis sets 145M-1373T-146M and 147M-1374T-148M are in the new modified for PTV Metro livery, pics are on the VICSIG site
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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2012

Postby Connex » Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:39 pm

Good to know that my taxes are going to pay for some more fancy-arse stickering when they can't even get a ticketing system right, or fix crumbling infrastructure.

It cost $25 million to rebrand the trains from Connex to Metro in the first place, and now with more trains than before it'll probably cost even more to re-sticker trains because of a damn logo.

Where does the Government find all this extra money lying around to put new stickers on trains when they can't even get the basics right?
Here's a thought, FIX THE INFRASTRUCTURE and worry about stickers.
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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2012

Postby BroadGauge » Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:44 am

Traveled on a southside Comeng train yesterday morning on the 0755 up Upper Ferntree Gully, and traveled back on another south unit on the 1737 dn Lilydale.
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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2012

Postby cal_t » Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:23 pm

msheldrick wrote:EDI Comeng's are now making Myki announcements, this one went off at Box Hill Station and continued scrolling the message until Camberwell (Express Train)

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What is the exact wording of this message? I haven't had a chance to ride a train in a while especially living in inner city.
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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2012

Postby Craig » Wed Apr 18, 2012 5:07 pm

cal_t wrote:
msheldrick wrote:EDI Comeng's are now making Myki announcements, this one went off at Box Hill Station and continued scrolling the message until Camberwell (Express Train)

What is the exact wording of this message? I haven't had a chance to ride a train in a while especially living in inner city.


I don't travel on the train much these days either (dedicated 902 user) but I believe it's "myki will replace Metcard in 2012. You can switch to myki now. Visit myki.com.au"

Kind Regards


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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2012

Postby Apollo » Sun Apr 22, 2012 8:53 am

haydenthegunzel wrote:New X'Trapolis sets 145M-1373T-146M and 147M-1374T-148M are in the new modified for PTV Metro livery, pics are on the VICSIG site


The sets are currently sitting at Glen Waverley. They also have PTV logos beside most carriage doors instead of the Metro logos.

I think i know what Bradley will be doing tomorrow! :lol: :wink:
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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2012

Postby josh01 » Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:19 pm

Nice to see first day of new timetable and buses are replacing trains between dandenong and westall due to person got knocked down at yarraman
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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2012

Postby BroadGauge » Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:12 pm

josh01 wrote:Nice to see first day of new timetable and buses are replacing trains between dandenong and westall due to person got knocked down at yarraman

Was on the 11:25 dn Pakenham with jarf, stopped at South Yarra but driver didn't open the doors, then departed and crawled slowly to Hawksburn where the train stopped and the driver announced the train had a braking fault and would terminate there, passengers instructed to board a Frankston service to Caulfield then pick up the following train.

Did that, boarded a Cranbourne service running 9 minutes late due to being stuck behind the faulty train, driver announced on departure from Murrumbeena that there was fatality and trains were terminating at Westall so decided to give up and go back to the city given how much bad luck we'd had already in trying to get down there!

Not a good first day of the new timetable.
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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2012

Postby Bradley » Tue Apr 24, 2012 9:18 pm

The final of the New X'trap Mk2 151M-1376T-152M-149M-1375T-150M in service today & ran the 5.43pm down Belgrave at Flinders St today (24/4/2012).

The next new X'trap Mk3 153M to 180M hopely in service sometimes 2nd half in 2012.

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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations January - June 2012

Postby 712M » Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:24 pm

Bradley wrote:The next new X'trap Mk3 153M to 180M hopely in service sometimes 2nd half in 2012.


What will be different about the Mk3 X'traps?
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