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  Black1050 Chief Train Controller

Location: Out of the Metrop
In this morning's SMH:

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/bound-for-bathurst--but-no-one-on-board-20130603-2nm4k.html
PeltonPinch

Well the writer/complainant has one thing right:

"All your department's reorganisations and silly name changes have achieved nothing to overcome the sullen, muddle-headed incompetence of your service. "

- Beyond that, I can see how he missed the Bathurst train.  That said, he's not the first and won't be the last to miss a train because they failed to read and understand what the words "First 4 Cars" means (in this case it was likely "First 2 Cars").  He even goes so far as to admit to his ignorance of not paying attention because he heard the destination of Wyong mentioned.  Had he actually listened he would have heard that the first 2 cars (or whatever number of cars) go to Bathurst, and the next 4 will go to Wyong.  I've seen plenty of people either fail to bother reading the indicator boards, and fail to listen to such announcements.  Amazing how it's always someone else's fault that they didn't listen or read, and as a result missed their train.
Once people learn that the First 4 (or however many) cars are the ones at the front of the train, then they are much less likely to miss their trains - assuming they bother to listen and read the information being presented to them at the station.

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  PeltonPinch Locomotive Fireman

Once people learn that the First 4 (or however many) cars are the ones at the front of the train, then they are much less likely to miss their trains - assuming they bother to listen and read the information being presented to them at the station.
Black1050
Big Assumption. People don't learn - I remember many moons ago when the service I caught with my father from central back to Newcastle was an 8 car train that split at Gosford (This was circa 1986, it may still happen for all I know), and although this was a daily occurrence, well signposted at Central (albiet on a mobile whiteboard), there was always a last minute rush of people running from the rear four to the front four at Gosford, because they "didn't know". Despite the guard announcements on the way...

But it does beg the question - why are the three services all on the same platform at central? Do they arrive at the platform as a single consist and have to be split into their next services?
  Black1050 Chief Train Controller

Location: Out of the Metrop
Big Assumption. People don't learn - I remember many moons ago when the service I caught with my father from central back to Newcastle was an 8 car train that split at Gosford (This was circa 1986, it may still happen for all I know), and although this was a daily occurrence, well signposted at Central (albiet on a mobile whiteboard), there was always a last minute rush of people running from the rear four to the front four at Gosford, because they "didn't know". Despite the guard announcements on the way...

But it does beg the question - why are the three services all on the same platform at central? Do they arrive at the platform as a single consist and have to be split into their next services?
PeltonPinch

Touche` .  Maybe I was being too optimistic in my hopes for the general public.  The 8 car Newcastle services are a great example actually.  The number of passengers wanting to alight from the first 4 cars between Gosford and Ourimbah, and Wyong and Morisset is still amazing.  Particularly the regulars.
They don't seem to learn.  Plenty more missed trains from Central (i) - unless they employ staff specifically to tell passengers at each set of 4 cars what the destination is.

As for why there were multiple trains on the same platform, that remains only in the wisdom of Sydney Box and Train Control.
  bowralcommuter Chief Commissioner

Location: Asleep on a Manly Ferry
You have to wonder how many were reading their mx while listening to their ipod. A lot of passengers will only give a s*** about anything when they get off or the train is delayed.
  abesty1 Chief Commissioner

Location: The CityRail Network
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  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
Having a friend who had a near miss passing that EXACT turnback at Chatswood, I completely agree with the way that story was presented. Good to see some of the recent non-beatup pieces on the news recently.