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by BroadGauge
Sun Oct 25, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Private Bus Observations 2020
Replies: 601
Views: 91007

Re: Private Bus Observations 2020

I noticed recently that on the northern section of route 675 between Richmond and Windsor via the RAAF Base, for most of the route whilst there are bus stops marked on the map, there is no actual signage on the ground to indicate that the bus stops there. There's also a section within the suburb of ...
by BroadGauge
Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW Railway Observations 2020
Replies: 384
Views: 63868

Re: NSW Railway Observations 2020

Wasn't a great day yesterday for the Southern Highlands line. There was a signalling issue at Goulburn in the morning, which led to delays of 25 minutes to services because northbound trains had to run on the down line between Goulburn and Medway Junction. Then later on an Endeavour set travelling n...
by BroadGauge
Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: December Bus Changes - Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore
Replies: 60
Views: 3528

Re: December Bus Changes - Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore

Senior Bus Operators who can drive articulated buses are paid more? So maybe TSA reducing costs like this? No idea about for Transit Systems (could even be exactly the same or completely different), but for STA drivers at least, there is an additional allowance of something like $22 per shift payab...
by BroadGauge
Mon Oct 05, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: WS Airport Metro
Replies: 134
Views: 8662

Re: WS Airport Metro

Trains in Perth drop back to 30 minute frequencies from as early as around 7:00pm, depending on which line, direction and day of the week you're referring to. I'm not sure if the Perth CBD is still deserted at night like it used to be, but that's still a significant downgrade compared to even Sydney...
by BroadGauge
Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: New Intercity Fleet Purchases/Observation
Replies: 783
Views: 205347

Re: New Intercity Fleet Purchases/Observation

One of the 6 car sets was seen at Lawson on Sunday night It made a visit to Lithgow on Sunday evening, which was it's first trial run that far west, and the first visit of any double deck electric other than a V set to Lithgow. There are a number of videos floating around on Youtube channels of it.
by BroadGauge
Mon Sep 07, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW Railway Observations 2020
Replies: 384
Views: 63868

Re: NSW Railway Observations 2020

Strange, this was a planned rail replacement bus service, yet they didn't draw out lines to ensure people queued up 1.5m apart? Don't bus marshalls and management know the basis of WHS? It's everyone's responsibility to ensure a healthy and safe workplace, and what do they do? Just let everyone scr...
by BroadGauge
Sun Sep 06, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW Railway Observations 2020
Replies: 384
Views: 63868

Re: NSW Railway Observations 2020

Unless people are boarding at Central Coast stations and alighting at Eastwood, then there is no justification for those trains to be stopping there. Another stop that could be debated is Blacktown for Blue Mountains services, as whilst it is a major centre and an interchange, it doesn't appear to b...
by BroadGauge
Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: New bus network arising from CSELR (L2/L3) opening
Replies: 241
Views: 29529

Re: New bus network arising from CSELR (L2/L3) opening

Well let me tell you, as someone who actually LIVES in Sydney and uses the trams way more than you do, a total 38 minute journey time is NOT THAT BAD! It only takes 50 minutes (off-peak) to drive to Circular Quay from a property that I own 50km away in the Hawkesbury district, although sadly it cos...
by BroadGauge
Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Other rail possibilties
Replies: 85
Views: 3799

Re: Other rail possibilties

The Mandurah line is still an all stops suburban service until Warnbro. It is only the last of the 12 stops at Mandurah that could be considered out of Perth, and would only account for a small part of the line's overall 21 million passenger journeys. That last gap between Warnbro and Mandurah is f...
by BroadGauge
Sun Aug 30, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Covid-19
Replies: 213
Views: 24313

Re: Covid-19

That is funny because i would feel safer That's a bit of a false sense of security, as the primary benefit of wearing a mask is it significantly reduces the risk of you spreading COVID-19 to other people. It doesn't remove most of the risk of you getting it from someone else. Most of the trains tha...
by BroadGauge
Sat Aug 29, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: Covid-19
Replies: 213
Views: 24313

Re: Covid-19

eddy wrote: Fri Aug 28, 2020 2:17 pm Wonder if more people would use the train if masks were compulsory https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australi ... p-BB18rqGc
I'd be less likely to use public transport in that case.
by BroadGauge
Mon Aug 24, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Other rail possibilties
Replies: 85
Views: 3799

Re: Other rail possibilties

There were plans at one stage when I was a suburban guard, that The Richmond Branch and Toongabbie, Pendle Hill, Wentworthville would all become T5 only. The theory being that you can have a theoretical 3 min frequency Penrith to Hornsby via Central in the peak, with all T9 terminating at Sydney Te...
by BroadGauge
Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Opal Discussion and Observations
Replies: 9081
Views: 1523974

Re: Opal Discussion and Observations

On the Opal website, it still quotes that "morning peak travel times can vary for some Intercity stations, depending on where you tap on", but that line links to this page , which no longer has any mention of different off-peak times for specific stations. I presume there must no longer be any exemp...
by BroadGauge
Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW Railway Observations 2020
Replies: 384
Views: 63868

Re: NSW Railway Observations 2020

Southern XPT services have already started terminating at Albury until further notice due to the border closure, with no replacement service provided south of there. At least this means that they will actually run on time more often than not, on the return journey to Sydney. Refer to https://transpo...
by BroadGauge
Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Extra Covid 19 services
Replies: 40
Views: 5926

Re: Extra Covid 19 services

I had a play around with the booking site, and there seems to be supplementary coaches for all Canberra Xplorer services, substituting for train services the same way as weekend trackwork coaches would - eg I can book a trip from Tarago to Bundanoon on a supplementary coach if I want to. Surprised t...
by BroadGauge
Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Extra Covid 19 services
Replies: 40
Views: 5926

Re: Extra Covid 19 services

At Central this morning, I was chatting to the guard on the Canberra XPL. I joked about the small number of passengers on board, and he stated that only 32 passengers are carried and any overflow are carried in coaches. Running overflow coaches only seems to be something that has been put on for th...
by BroadGauge
Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW Railway Observations 2020
Replies: 384
Views: 63868

Re: NSW Railway Observations 2020

It would be a safety hazard if people were to be intentionally locked in their individual carriage and unable to move to other parts of the train, especially in the event of an emergency.
by BroadGauge
Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Extra Covid 19 services
Replies: 40
Views: 5926

Re: Extra Covid 19 services

I noticed one of these extra train services operating yesterday, being the 9:50am Macarthur to City via Sydenham, running with a K set, which looks to be the only extra morning inbound service on the T8 line. It makes for a very frequent service out of Campbelltown for a brief period, with inbound s...
by BroadGauge
Mon May 25, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Sydney Metro - Tallawong to Bankstown
Replies: 4442
Views: 755439

Re: Sydney Metro - Tallawong to Bankstown

I seem to recall this was previously discussed, with the explanation being this was to cater for University students, given Universities typically do not observe state or territory public holidays... Would search to double-check my claims but that doesn't seem to be working quite right at the momen...
by BroadGauge
Mon May 25, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Sydney Metro - Tallawong to Bankstown
Replies: 4442
Views: 755439

Re: Sydney Metro - Tallawong to Bankstown

Is this an error, am I reading this wrong, or does the Sydney Metro seriously operate a 4 minute peak frequency on public holidays!? :shock: https://transportnsw.info/documents/timetables/93-M-Sydney-Metro-North-West-20200105.pdf If that timetable is to be believed, I'll be able to turn up at Tallaw...
by BroadGauge
Sun May 24, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: News & Administration
Topic: Error message.
Replies: 88
Views: 19416

Re: Error message.

I'm quite disappointed that the "view active topics" feature has disappeared through this update, as I used to use it to see which topics across the board had recent activity.

Now I have to look through each individual section if I want to see more than the most recent post.
by BroadGauge
Wed May 20, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: General Transport Discussion
Topic: NO STANDING PASSENGERS!!
Replies: 40
Views: 5590

Re: NO STANDING PASSENGERS!!

America has a lot of smaller cities, where the pace of life would be relatively slow - Only New York has more people than Sydney. IF you include Wollongong and Newcastle, the Greater Sydney area has a population of 5.2 m - that's large and fast, if you are lucky! Here are some US city population nu...
by BroadGauge
Sun May 10, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW Railway Observations 2020
Replies: 384
Views: 63868

Re: NSW Railway Observations 2020

Xplorer wrote:probably to do with crew rostering, sydney crew goes back to sydney, newcastle crew goes back to newcastle
If that was the case, then just have a crew changeover mid-run at Wyong, like happens on other services hundreds of times per day around the network.
by BroadGauge
Sun May 10, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW Railway Observations 2020
Replies: 384
Views: 63868

Re: NSW Railway Observations 2020

The 2:00am, Newcastle Interchange to Fassifern services will now depart at 1:46am instead then extend to Wyong, arrive at 2:51am, then connect to Central via Strathfield at 2:53am from Wyong etc. Is there any reason why they couldn't just run one service from Newcastle Interchange to Central, inste...
by BroadGauge
Sat May 09, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW Railway Observations 2020
Replies: 384
Views: 63868

Re: NSW Railway Observations 2020

It was reported on some other groups that a V set went to Lithgow on a test run today, the first electric train under it's own power west of Mount Victoria since December 2019.

Perhaps the resumption of services can't be too far off.

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