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Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2019

Posted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:42 am
by BroadGauge
New year, new thread, new things to report. The usual creator of these threads is away on a cruise ship, so I thought I'd jump in and create some ;)

Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2019

Posted: Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:52 pm
by Linto63
B2047 has been returned from overhaul with its interior painted white. Nice change from the very dated 1980s cream that Yarra Trams have persisted with.

Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2019

Posted: Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:47 am
by Heihachi_73
The People's Republic of Moreland are once again trying to put a stop to infrastructure, in this case an electrical substation for the nearby trams. Because only in third world countries do you have full size houses built merely centimetres apart, that being the excuse of the day to why nothing should ever change in that district.

Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2019

Posted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:52 pm
by timmy1966
Hey all,
They already put a stop to the new terminus that was supposed to go in late last year,so once again PT and it's passengers suffer for the car,just ridiculous and pathetic.I f the terminus can't go there then extend the line across the road and up to end of Turner st.Job done. :) :o

Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2019

Posted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:57 am
by B2.2027
There must be a shortage of trams at Southbank depot, A2.291 has been on route 96 all day today. A1.243 was on the there this morning, and A1.236 is now there with 291.

Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2019

Posted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:45 pm
by tonyp
Observed on another forum - all-door boarding on the 902. Is this now an official position on the smartbuses, or all buses, or is it just an operator being sensible and pragmatic?

Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2019

Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:23 pm
by BluDART
tonyp wrote:Observed on another forum - all-door boarding on the 902. Is this now an official position on the smartbuses, or all buses, or is it just an operator being sensible and pragmatic?
Short answer: No, Most if not all operators in Victoria go by the exit only rule for the back door, however there is discretion by the driver to apply the rule. Boardings through the back door occur because of fare evaders/impatient crowds barging on or the drivers allows it.
A potential reason for the board via front door is that drivers need to know passenger count on board as it is an offence to exceed capacity in the regulation/legislation, will need confirm this point.

Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2019

Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:08 am
by Alstom 888M
Incorrect. It is against Transdev policy to allow passengers to enter the bus through the rear door as it is a safety hazard and encourages fare evasion and disciplinary action may occur if drivers are found deliberately allowing rear-door boarding to happen. There is no driver discretion.

This policy is the same at every other Victorian bus operator as far as I’m aware.

Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2019

Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:26 am
by tonyp
Alstom 888M wrote:Incorrect. It is against Transdev policy to allow passengers to enter the bus through the rear door as it is a safety hazard and encourages fare evasion and disciplinary action may occur if drivers are found deliberately allowing rear-door boarding to happen. There is no driver discretion.

This policy is the same at every other Victorian bus operator as far as I’m aware.
Well I hope you have a good blind eye to turn, by all accounts! It does seem more like driver discretion to me.

There is certainly a huge mass of bus operations across Australia and around the world with a permanent "safety hazard" then - and fare evasion is only encouraged if you don't police it with an adequate deployment of roving RPOs.

Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2019

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:52 am
by Heihachi_73
Kew Depot ran A classes on the first 109 (0452 to Box Hill from outside depot) on two consecutive days, I haven't seen this happen in ages. A2 263 on Monday, A2 279 on Tuesday. So much more comfortable than the usual ride, and the perfect time as the 109 isn't a sardine can yet.

Today there was also more bustitution on the Lilydale/Belgrave lines (Mooroolbark/UFG to Blackburn) in the early AM due to a power failure at Ringwood. Not a good time to be on these lines, which also have to contend with bustitution happening at night where the trains are a useless half an hour apart.

Sydney - Melbourne XPT derails

Posted: Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:07 am
by Newcastle Flyer
The daytime Sydney to Melbourne XPT derail near Wallan.

https://www.theage.com.au/national/vict ... SgzHu4VVH0

Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2019

Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:15 pm
by Newcastle Flyer

Re: Victorian Rail & Tram Observations 2019

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:23 am
by Heihachi_73
IEV102 was at Ringwood at 2AM Friday night/Saturday morning, eventually left towards Belgrave with IEV102's newer panto up (the older yellow panto was down), SSR locos T381 leading and T386 trailing.