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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2018

Postby Craig » Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:51 pm

BroadGauge wrote:I believe that this would be the longest suburban rail shutdown that has ever been undertaken in Melbourne, although compared to some interstate shutdowns (like the ones in Adelaide in the last few years), or the very long shutdowns of the mid-2000s of country trains for Regional Fast Rail work, it's not that long and has achieved a great deal of improvements ;)


No, the Upfield Line was closed North Melbourne - Flemington Bridge May 1997 to February 1998 while the Citylink viaduct was build overhead.

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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2018

Postby Craig » Sun Apr 29, 2018 1:11 pm

A big evening occo across Frankston Line, Cranbourne Line & Pakenham Line over the next few nights seems to have gone under the radar. Frankston passengers sent via Darling & Dandenong passengers sent via Burnley (although any Frankston passengers who follow the masses will still be able to connect with their train at Caulfield anyway)

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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2018

Postby Craig » Sun Apr 29, 2018 1:13 pm

Blast from the 80s at Frankston, no queue for an Anywhere Travelcard though (25/4/2018)

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The station office has relocated to the carpark ahead of demolition work next month, during a 6-week shutdown which will also the viaduct completed across Overton Rd 1km away.

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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2018

Postby Craig » Mon May 07, 2018 10:40 pm

PTV have released a detailed summary of upcoming works on the train and tram networks over May and June. It doesn't seem to cover works into July at this stage.

The works between Caulfield & Westall will see the final stage of the Skyrail open and four more crossings disappear, although the new Hughesdale Station opens later.

https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/getting-arou ... ion-blitz/

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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2018

Postby pakenhamtrain » Tue May 08, 2018 12:18 am

Craig wrote:PTV have released a detailed summary of upcoming works on the train and tram networks over May and June. It doesn't seem to cover works into July at this stage.

The works between Caulfield & Westall will see the final stage of the Skyrail open and four more crossings disappear, although the new Hughesdale Station opens later.

https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/getting-arou ... ion-blitz/

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They are really going overboard on the works. To the point there's just no point trying to use public transport. Easier to drive everywhere.
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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2018

Postby BroadGauge » Tue May 15, 2018 12:17 am

Lots of issues today with trains in the south eastern suburbs due to equipment failures on the Dandenong line between Clayton and Noble Park.

I think this must take the cake for the longest delay to a service though:

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14:20 Southern Cross - Traralgon is delayed by approximately 184 minutes due to an ongoing track fault in the Metro area.
5:59 PM - 14 May 2018

Riding on a Sprinter for 5.5 hours to reach the Latrobe Valley wouldn't be the most pleasant of journeys! :twisted:
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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2018

Postby cal_t » Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:46 am

Noticed today on xtrap from cross city group up at southern cross announce change here for city circle services. Are city circle trains running again? Pid continues to say city loop
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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2018

Postby rob » Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:11 am

cal_t wrote:Noticed today on xtrap from cross city group up at southern cross announce change here for city circle services. Are city circle trains running again? Pid continues to say city loop


Most City Circle movements these days are usually empty runs just to get the train out of Flinders Street and back again in about twenty minutes to free up a platform.

Having said that there’s usually one scheduled to leave Flinders Street around 630 Monday to Friday on plantform 1. Apart from that I don’t believe there’s any actually scheduled.
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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2018

Postby Heihachi_73 » Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:35 am

Spotted a broken/pulled apart rail on route 78 (Chapel St) immediately south of the Toorak Rd intersection on the southbound line last night. It's right on the pedestrian crossing and the concrete is also cracked around the break.
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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2018

Postby Heihachi_73 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:09 am

Rode A2 300 on route 75 from Vermont South to Glenferrie Rd last night, obviously on loan from Kew to Camberwell as the interior was still fitted with Kew route stickers. I also saw two A classes (I took a short trip in 289) on the 109 light rail heading to Box Hill in the late evening, which is unusual as the As are normally only on the 48 after evening peak has ended.
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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2018

Postby BanksfielderIdiot823 » Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:52 pm

Whelp, time for PTV to update the information on their website once again now that the Mernda Extension has started service.
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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2018

Postby Richard1207 » Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:17 am

BanksfielderIdiot823 wrote:Whelp, time for PTV to update the information on their website once again now that the Mernda Extension has started service.

It's also time for PTV to update the route description as it still shows City Loop services operate anti-clockwise on weekends. These services have operated in a clockwise direction every day of the week for about 6-7 years and I reported this to PTV some time ago. In January this year I also reported bus timetable errors to them but those weren't corrected either, so it shows how incompetent they are.
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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2018

Postby BanksfielderIdiot823 » Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:23 pm

Richard1207 wrote:It's also time for PTV to update the route description as it still shows City Loop services operate anti-clockwise on weekends. These services have operated in a clockwise direction every day of the week for about 6-7 years and I reported this to PTV some time ago. In January this year I also reported bus timetable errors to them but those weren't corrected either, so it shows how incompetent they are.


City Loop Anti-Clockwise on weekends? The hell PTV?!?

Yeah, the Clifton group hasn't done the loop anti-clockwise since before--

EDIT: :evil: Damn it, it was November 2008. April was the first stage; the city loop changes were from the second stage that was November. My memory fails me sometimes.
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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2018

Postby BroadGauge » Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:54 pm

BanksfielderIdiot823 wrote:Yeah, the Clifton group hasn't done the loop anti-clockwise since before April 27, 2008.

Weekend trains coming from the South Morang and Hurstbridge lines operated anti-clockwise through the loop between November 2008 and December 2013.

Prior to those changes in 2008, weekday trains on that group operated anti-clockwise until lunch time, then switched to clockwise operation for the rest of the day, exactly the same as how the Burnley and Caulfield loops still operate, whilst all weekend services used to operate clockwise through the loop.
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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2018

Postby BanksfielderIdiot823 » Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:51 pm

BroadGauge wrote:Weekend trains coming from the South Morang and Hurstbridge lines operated anti-clockwise through the loop on the Hurstbridge and South Morang lines between November 2008 and December 2013.

Prior to those changes in 2008, weekday trains on that group operated anti-clockwise until lunch time, then switched to clockwise operation for the rest of the day, exactly the same as how the Burnley and Caulfield loops still operate, whilst all weekend services used to operate clockwise through the loop.


Thanks for that. I corrected my original post after I remembered at the last minute no thanks to my slow memory.
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Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2018

Postby Andy O » Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:15 pm

A couple of big weeks coming up with the Newmarket - Essendon and Dand - Cran shutdowns already under way, followed by a full weekend and a few nights of FSS - Caulfield Shutdown along with the tram route 86/96 16 day shutdown also about to commence.
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